Thursday was a step back in time for St George Illawarra Dragons forward Tyson Frizell who returned to his old primary school of St Columbkille’s in Corrimal.
Frizell said it was in primary school his love for rugby league began to grow and he hoped to inspire the children there today that anyone can achieve their dreams.
“Anyone can get to where I am today. I was just a local kid here, I lived five minutes down the road,” the former Corrimal Cougars player said. “If they want to do something in their lives they can achieve it.”
The NRL star was joined by fellow Dragons Mitch Allgood and Steven Marsters as well as Wigan players Thomas Leuluai and Dan Sarginson.
Though it was their day off, Sarginson said he was enjoying visiting youngsters and “doing our bit”.
“When I was at school we never really had anyone visit our school so I think it’s brilliant for the kids,” he said. “We could probably take a leaf out of your book when it comes to the school visits and doing a bit more with the community.”
It was part of an initiative to help inspire children to take up a sport which included students from 45 schools across five local government areas. Other Dragons and Wigan players were part of the inspiring community day along with Hull FC stars and women from the Australian Jillaroos rugby league team.