David Peachey has a run with the ball during his days with the Sharks in the NRL.
David Peachey has a run with the ball during his days with the Sharks in the NRL. CHARLIE KNIGHT

Peachey signs on to carnival

LAST year David Peachey was a draw card for the Indigenous Reconciliation Carnival and now he is set to captivate the Rockhampton sporting public once again.

Last year the former rugby league great was invited to the carnival at Saleyards Park as the rugby league ambassador not only filling that role but doing so much more during the event.

A treat for the crowds was Peachey donning the boots and playing for the Central Queensland Warriors.

Although Peachey played down his on-field performance, his class was there for all to see and certainly did not go unnoticed by the selectors of the Carnival team as he was one of the players named.

Little wonder when it came to looking for a 2010 ambassador Carnival director, Walson Carlos, immediately tried to secure Peachey once more.

Yesterday, his efforts were successful with Peachey confirming he will come to Rockhampton for the Carnival which is to be held over the three days of Australia Day weekend.

“They phoned me up and I’ve said I want to be a part of it,” he yesterday told The Morning Bulletin between shots as he played a round of golf on a Sydney course.

“Last year I really enjoyed the footy without knowing what to expect,” Peachey, who has a golf handicap of 18, explained.

“For me it was all about getting out and having fun.”

However, the competitive side of Peachey’s character remains as he looks forward to meeting up with James Saltner and the boys from Cherbourg Hornets, winner of the 2009 Carnival.

It is amazing how Peachey can find the time to make the trip to Rockhampton as the 35-year-old is still heavily involved with his work with the indigenous community dovetailing his links to the NRL.

Currently, Peachey works with three clubs, the Cronulla Sharks, Rabbitohs and Manly, in his role of mentor for the aboriginal youngsters making their way in the professional game.

Something that comes across strongly when talking to Peachey is his passion and commitment to his work with indigenous communities and also with the sport he graced throughout his sporting career.

The David Peachey Foundation, which he founded in 2004, promotes positive aspects of indigenous culture and is something in which Peachey remains active and dedicated.

He also hasn’t ruled out bringing his boots to Rockhampton again this year especially when he found out the venue for this year’s carnival.

“Walson was saying it is at Browne Park,” he said.

“I went and watched the Comets train there (last year) and the venue looked good.”

Having viewed the pitch Peachey feels the Browne Park surface will hold together well despite three full days of football.

After playing another shot, which he reluctantly admitted fell short of the green, Peachey went on to say that he is currently in the quiet time of year for his work with youngsters.

“I’m working mainly with the Sharks but I’m not doing much until school’s back in,” he admitted.

Peachey is excited about developments in indigenous sport and sees 2010 as a big year with the highlight coming soon after his visit to Rockhampton.

“This year is a real big buzz with the All Stars,” he said.

That match is set down for February 13 on the Gold Coast and Peachey sees the game against the NRL All Stars as a tribute to some of the past greats like Arthur Beetson.

A real treat is in store with the announcement of Peachey for this year’s Carnival as he is likely to come across some more great players with former Manly star Andrew Walker named in the Ipswich Purga Wagtails and Origin star Matt Sing having a coaching role with “Storm United”.

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