Former New Zealand Warriors star Clinton Toopi was a special guest at Tenterfield High School last Thursday.
The National Rugby League’s Road to Regions program made its way to Tenterfield with Toopi, Country Rugby League’s Peter Stevens, NRL Head of Government and Community Relations Jaymes Boland-Rudder, MP Thomas George and Nationals candidate Austin Curtain present for the event.
Stevens and Toopi delivered a well-being talk before students and guests headed outside to play touch football and enjoyed a barbeque.
The Road to Regions tour provides an opportunity for players to meet some of their biggest fans throughout regional and rural parts of the country before the season begins.
Boland-Rudder said it was important for players like Toopi and the game to promote positive itive education and well-being messages among regional communities.
“The Road to Regions tour is a fantastic way to say thank you to local communities like Tenterfield for their support of rugby league, as well as an opportunity to impart important education messages around respect, positive mental well-being and empowering one another,” he said.
“Many of our players hail from regional and rural parts of Australia and enjoy nothing more than hitting the road to return to regions that helped shape them to become the players they are today.
“Hopefully from today’s visit, we’ve inspired the next Billy Moore to emerge from Tenterfield!”