Local All Stars meet at UOW before Brisbane summit
Nine secondary students from the Illawarra and South East region have this week set off for the 2013 All Stars Youth Summit in Brisbane after meeting Dragons players and enjoying a morning tea hosted by the Faculty of Education.
The annual All Stars Youth Summit is part of the 2013 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars Week and will host 64 Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Maori students from Australia and New Zealand.
Students at the summit will take part in activities with NRL All Stars including physical challenges, career advice training and job interview sessions, as well as attending the All Stars Community Festival and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Learn Earn Legend! Jobs Expo.
The nine students gathered at UOW to meet with Illawarra St George Dragons players and were congratulated by captain Ben Creagh on their selection to the summit.
The students were then welcomed at morning tea at 67 Dining by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion and Outreach) and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Paul Chandler, and NSW Department of Education (DET) Regional Director, Maria Gray-Spence.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for these students to attend the summit. They’ve been selected based on their performance at their respective schools and they will learn much there, as well as get to meet some of the best current rugby league players in the country,” Professor Chandler said.
“This is a great program supported by the NRL and the Dragons and by the NSW DET. We’re also pleased to be involved by hosting the students for morning tea, and acknowledging their achievement in being selected to attend the summit.”
Sienna McDonald from Figtree High School said she was looking forward to All Stars Youth Summit.
“I think I’ll learn a lot and get a different experience with all Aboriginal people going. I’ve been to events like this before but this is the first one with just Aboriginal people, so I’m looking forward to it.”