WOY WOY LIONS RUGBY SPORTS LUNCHEON
Friday February 24th 2017
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SPORTS LUNCHEON GUEST SPEAKERS NOT TO BE MISSED
STIRLING MORTLOCK (OAM)
We welcome Rugby union legend Stirling Mortlock to our club to speak at our annual sports luncheon. Stirling is a former captain of the Wallabies, the ACT Brumbies and the Melbourne Rebels and one of Australia's best known rugby players. He has scored the third most Super Rugby points of all time with 1036, and stands fourth on the all-time list of Wallaby point scorers with 489.
Stirling Mortlock began his career with the Lindfield Juniors before attending the King's School, Parramatta, and first represented Australia at the under-19 and under-21 levels. He joined the Brumbies of the Super 12 competition in 1998, was named Super 12 Player of the Year and Brumbies' Player of the Year in 2002, and was captain of the club from 2004 to 2009.
Stirling burst on to the world stage in staggering fashion in his debut international season in 2000, breaking numerous records in his first seven Tests. That year he became the fastest Australian to reach 50 and 100 Test points, scored the most points and highest number of penalties (16) by an Australian in his first five Tests, created history by becoming the first Australian to score 20 or more points in four consecutive Tests, and was instrumental in the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup win and their first ever Tri Nations victory.
He was appointed Wallabies captain in 2006 and received his greatest honour in 2007 when asked to captain the national team at the Rugby World Cup in France.
On the field, Stirling Mortlock was a fierce competitor who regarded representing his country as the ultimate honour; ARU CEO John O'Neill has called him a 'real captain courageous' and an 'inspirational leader'. Opponents and rugby followers alike considered Stirling the hardest running centre in world rugby, constantly using his immense strength and sharp footwork to breach the defensive lines of his opponents.
Come along and hear Stirling speak, you won't be disappointed.
RUPERT McCALL (OAM)
The club is also priviledged to have Rupert McCall speak at our sports luncheon. Rupert is the author of six anthologies of verse that have collectively sold over 120,000 copies. He is equally at home in radio or on TV and his CV features hosting roles for CH7’s The Great South East, 4BC’s Sports Today program and CH9’s Weekend Extra. Rupert’s great passion for sport was on display when he was appointed chief commentator for CH10 at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.
His popularity transcends all demographics and ages, from the schools he visits to the corporate and sporting functions that he entertains. He is a passionate Australian and his ability to share this enthusiasm with any audience is warmly received.
He has hosted and spoken at various high profile functions including Allan Border Medal Dinners, AFL Hall of Fame Dinners, Olympic receptions, racing occasions from Flemington to Birdsville, Test Match Rugby functions, tributes and testimonials. Rupert has already carved out a unique position in the Australian psyche and will continue to captivate and inspire audiences for years to come
In 2013 as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Rupert received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for services to the community, particularly as a poet.
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After a number of years in the planning, 2017 sees the introduction of the Woy Woy Rugby Club School Scholarship Program in partnership with KARI. KARI is a leading Aboriginal services provider, supporting indigenous families and communities through foster care, child & youth programs, education and family support, welcomed the opportunity to partner with the WWRC for this program and has committed to an initial period of 3 years. Want to read more? click here
The official club photographers are Nick Friend (Senior teams) and Liam Cullen (Junior teams).
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