Learning essential life skills at Semi Pro Day

The Queensland Rugby League’s commitment to the wellbeing and education of participants in the game will go on display tomorrow with the staging of the annual Semi Pro Day seminar.

Members of all South-East Queensland based Major Competitions clubs, including the Hastings Deering Colts Western Mustangs team and the CQ Capras Intrust Super Cup team will gather at St Laurence’s College for a day of informative and interactive presentations.

A wide range of speakers have been engaged to deliver the vital programs, with key sessions including “Positive Mindset and Resilience” and “Emotional Fitness” to be provided.

Players will also hear engaging real-life stories, with former NRL and New Zealand Test representative Sione Faumuina addressing the group.

Faumuina recently published an autobiographical novel called The Second Phase which details his journey back from fighting his battles against alcoholism and depression.

Taking part in Theatre Sports which presents varying real-life scenarios. Photo: QRL Media
Taking part in Theatre Sports which presents varying real-life scenarios. Photo: QRL Media

Participants will also get practical training on how to make good decisions; with a Theatre Sports session testing the players with a variety of dilemmas encased in real-life situations.

The event in run in conjunction by the QRL Major Competition’s department and the NRL’s Queensland-based Wellbeing and Education staff.

A separate Semi Pro Day will be held early next year (in February) for northern-based clubs; while the PNG Hunters will also undertake a tailored wellbeing session. 

Players heard from Super Bowl winning footballer Jesse 'Tha Monstar' Williams at the 2017 SEQ Semi Pro Day. Photo: QRL Media
Players heard from Super Bowl winning footballer Jesse 'Tha Monstar' Williams at the 2017 SEQ Semi Pro Day. Photo: QRL Media