MASTER CLASS: Brent Tate and Mario Fenech take questions about wellbeing from juniors in Kingaroy.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
MASTER CLASS: Brent Tate and Mario Fenech take questions about wellbeing from juniors in Kingaroy.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Veterans pass on message for on and off the field

FORMER South Queensland Crushers prop Mario Fenech was eager to help the next generation of South Burnett players step in line.

Fenech said the sport had taken a step in the right direction from his days of playing in the 1980s and 1990s, so he was keen to pass on the message of wellbeing to the next generation.

"My role in the NRL is all about development," Fenech said. "Generally rugby league has improved and become a safer game."

As an NRL ambassador, Fenech tackles the issue of wellbeing because rugby league gave him a new lease of life.

"Rugby league saved my life, it always kept me active," he said.

"I train four days a week even though I'm retired.

"This is the mission: to have a fitness plan."

Fenech said a fitness plan was a good way to stay fit and achieve goals both in and out of the footy season.

At a clinic at the TJ O'Neill Oval, Kingaroy, he recommended young players from the South Burnett made plans as early as they could.

"At this age they have a bit of nous (in their head)," Fenech said.

"The great thing about rugby league is improving your health; it's a great game in terms of fitness."

Mario Fenech gives some words of encouragement as he helps pass on the message of wellbeing.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Mario Fenech gives some words of encouragement as he helps pass on the message of wellbeing.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Fenech teamed up with former Australian Kangaroos and North Queensland Cowboys centre Brent Tate at the Kingaroy clinic.

Tate said the workshops held at schools from Tuesday to Thursday focused on the rounded aspect of wellbeing - from health through to mental attitude.

"We've moved away from mental health and are now focused on wellbeing," Tate said. "We spoke to them about being in a team environment."

Former North Queensland Cowboys Brent Tate runs young rugby league players through some drills.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Former North Queensland Cowboys Brent Tate runs young rugby league players through some drills.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder
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