Steinhofer pushes for union

ENCOURAGING youngsters to take an interest in rugby union is not an easy task in a rugby league stronghold like Rockhampton.

But University Rugby Union club vice-president Simon Steinhofer thinks it’s not a lost cause.

Simon and some of his colleagues were at the city’s sports expo yesterday, scouting for talent, and were impressed at the ball skills of some of the kids.

“We’re signing up players and touting for support,” said Simon as another youngster fired a spin-pass through the centre of a target set up in the Robert Schwarten Pavilion.

“It’s our 40th anniversary this year and we want to get the message out there that our club is not simply for students or those linked to the university, it’s for everyone.

“People are very welcome to come to our training sessions and we are interested in youngsters who might want to play in years to come.”

The University side was one of 80 sports and activity organisations at the event, which is aimed at showcasing the huge variety of sporting life in the city.

Cr Cherie Rutherford, a former competition trampolinist and chairman of the regional council’s sports and recreation committee, said the expo was going from strength to strength.

“It’s the first day of Sunday trading and it’s throwing it down with rain but the public has responded magnificently to the expo,” she said.

“I think it’s hard for people to appreciate just how much is available locally if they want to participate in sport or healthy activities and it’s great for the clubs to come together to make everyone more aware of what there is to do,” she said.

Fans of television’s Bondi Rescue had their own reason for attending.

Three of the famous surf lifesavers from the reality series toured the halls, took part in demonstration events and signed autographs.

“I know they had a great time and they were very impressed with the event,” said Cr Rutherford.



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