'Five-foot-two Pom' stands up to help local league
LAURA Gavaghan has never watched a game of rugby league in Gladstone, but when she saw the desperate plea from local clubs struggling for volunteers on the front page of The Observer on Friday, she immediately put up her hand.
Ms Gavaghan said she was shocked to hear the Gladstone District Rugby League could not even hold its AGM because of a lack of executives, volunteers and committees.
But this 24-year-old sports nut sprang into action yesterday, and now she is calling on others to follow her lead.
"I thought 'what is wrong with you people?'," she said. "I thought (rugby league) had more support than it obviously does.
"So I am hoping everyone will get behind it as well."
Ms Gavaghan said her skills and her passion were now up for grabs to any local club that will be a good fit.
She just wants the competition and sport to thrive, she said.
She said this would be a good way to get out and watch the sport - something she has talked about for five years.
"I always say that I should go and watch it," she said. "And I am doing a shout out to the ladies.
"These are rugby league boys and it's a perk of the job," she laughed.
"I have a bit of time on my hands and want to help. There has got to be something I can do."
She's a Cowboys fanatic, so the local club that picks her up might have a hard time getting her into their team jersey.
Laura's call to action
- NAME: Laura Gavaghan
- AGE: 24
- FROM: Preston, United Kingdom
- SUPPORTS: Cowboys and rugby league in general
- GOAL: To help out a local rugby league club and get more people to follow her lead.
- "I am a five-foot-two Pom and there are big burly Aussies who can do it too."