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Key initiative drives Tackle6 Nines

Nominations are now open for the annual Under 14 Tackle6 Nines competition will be held on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 in Rockhampton.

Continuing in 2020, the carnival will partner with Darumbal Community Youth Service’s Tackle6 program, led by Central Queensland local Jamie Simpson.

"Darumbal and myself are looking forward to once again being involved in the wellbeing aspect of the carnival," the former South Sydney flyer said.

"The Tackle6 program is all about helping our up and coming leaders be more resilient in everyday life and overcoming hurdles that we didn't have to.

“Our talks are all about breaking down the walls and focusing on mental health in our young athletes, especially delivering a key message.

"It ain’t weak to speak, so if something is wrong … don't hold it in, tell a mate."

Founded in 2017, the program aims to use rugby league as a vehicle to address six major issues that hinder a student's ability to learn in a primary or high school setting and the annual Rockhampton Charity Shield has allowed Simpson to grow the initiative from the classroom to the footy field.

"It ain’t weak to speak, so if something is wrong … don't hold it in, tell a mate."

Jamie Simpson Tackle6 founder

"The information ex-players can pass on to our youth is very important," Simpson said.

"We have been in their boots ... we have all experienced what they have been through and at times, it's not easy.

"If we can ease the burden, educate them and let them know they are not alone, hopefully we can make a difference."

The carnival is open to all registered Under 14 boys and girls teams with games comprising of nine players a side over two nine-minute halves.

Nominations close on Friday, March 20.

For more information and / or to nominate a team, click here.

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