Young league lover lands dream job
ROCKHAMPTON'S Trent Gorrie believes anything is possible as long as you believe in your dreams.
The 20-year-old is set to move to Darwin on December 30 to undertake his new role as competitions co-ordinator and rugby league development officer in schools and clubs.
Gorrie grew up with rugby league, completing his schooling as a boarder at St Brendan's College in Yeppoon.
"I played and managed rugby league and was manager of the year at St Brendan's College in 2007 - 2009," Gorrie said.
His overall goal has always been to become an NRL development officer, following in the foot steps of his idol Mal Meninga.
"Mal helped inspire me as an indigenous icon; not only did he play, but coached and assisted with the development of NRL throughout Australia," Gorrie said.
Gorrie did not think he would ever make it this far and said he was overwhelmed at the opportunity he had been given at his age.
"It just goes to show if you believe in what you want to do, in some form or shape, you will reach your goal," Gorrie said.
The young achiever hopes to be a role model for younger indigenous children through encouraging them to chase their dreams.
"I enjoy and have always loved rugby league, with the hope of being able to help others achieve their goals and dreams and inspire other indigenous and less fortunate children," he said.
Gorrie told The Morning Bulletin he would not be able to have come this far without the constant support from his family.
He encourages all students to study hard, try their best and believe in whatever they would like to do.
"Go for your goal and don't ever let anyone put you down," Gorrie said.