Sam Carey, GRUFC rugby union club president, was recognised for his contribution to junior development.
Sam Carey, GRUFC rugby union club president, was recognised for his contribution to junior development. Chrissy Harris

Sam wants to get kids into union

FOR GRUFC life member and incumbent president Sam Carey, missing a majority of the playing season with injury came as a blessing in disguise for his beloved club.

Unable to make an impact on the field, the dedicated clubman invested his time in developing the club and has some exciting new initiatives in the works.

“When you're sitting on the sidelines and you're not involved you look for other ways to become involved,” Carey said.

“We've got some big ideas and I'd like to see people become more involved with the club. I've got a lot from the club and I'd like to think that everyone else could have the same experience.”

Carey, who has been at GRUFC for a decade, is pushing the profile of rugby union in Gladstone and highlighted junior development as key for the code.

“We realise that juniors is something we've been lacking so we've been working with the CQRU to rectify that,” he said. “They've got an under-18s comp coming up in October/November so we're trying to get a team in to that and give a taste of union to those who are interested.

“Next year we'd love to talk to the primary schools about getting some Walla-rugby going and we've been talking to the CQRU development officer about doing something like that too.”

Another bright prospect is attracting some high-profile rugby union figures to the region to help promote the locally under-represented sport.

“The one big thing we'd hope for would be to get some Wallabies or someone of that calibre into town to help promote the game and hopefully we're close to doing that,” Carey said.

The utility player has taken a hands-on approach to his new committee position, but doesn't believe his extensive involvement with the club is any more than his due.

“I don't really see it as a role I just see things that need to be done and try to promote getting those things done, titles or positions don't mean that much,” he said.

Carey attributed his passion for GRUFC primarily to the opportunities and experiences the club has offered him.

“I feel like the club's done a lot for me, I've met a lot of my friends through it, I've had a lot of good times with it.”

GRUFC are holding a junior sign on day today from 11am-1pm at Meteors Sports Club.



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