Educating Our Youth During Harmony Week
As part of Harmony Week 2022, as well as the NRL’s Multicultural Round, the Wests Tigers Foundation and NSWRL staff welcomed over 60 Macarthur Junior League players from community clubs across the southern regions -western Sydney and the Southern Highlands, to take part in a Harmony event that aimed to educate players about respect, resilience, character and leadership.
Western Tigers Harmony Night
The evening featured special guest speakers including NRL head coach Michael Maguire and former players Dene Halatau (player No 68) and Chris Lawrence (player No 104).
All shared their first-hand experience of playing in the NRL, the skills and characteristics that helped shape their careers, as well as the challenges they faced as a young player and the mechanics they put in. in place to overcome them.
“My message for the group was to bring these youngsters into the Macarthur Junior League, it’s all about my experiences and in particular the mindset, resilience and support networks you will need throughout of your journey,” Lawrence said.
Players participated in a series of interactive activities aimed at celebrating the similarities and differences within the community.
“To be able to bring in former players like me and Chris Lawrence who is still very attached to the Club and to have someone as highly regarded as the head coach, Michael Maguire also taking part, it shows a very good connection to the Macarthur Junior League. has with the Club,” said Halatau.
Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusivity, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
The Wests Tigers Foundation continues to use the game of Rugby League as a key vehicle for driving positive change and enriching community life.