Wayne Pearce’s reputation as a professional rugby league player and coach precedes him. His rise from humble beginnings growing up in the inner Sydney suburb of Balmain to become an International rugby league player is one of those great inspirational stories that never fails to stir the Australian spirit. Wayne continues to lead by example as is evidenced by his role as a Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League, which is the governing body of Rugby League in Australia. Most recently,
Wayne was asked to organise and lead the high-profile Project Apollo team, which was the mission to get the NRL back up and running during the Covid-19 crisis. As a result, the NRL defied the odds to become the first full contact professional sport in the world to resume their competition during the pandemic.
Chris Walker, former National Rugby League and State of Origin star represented six NRL clubs during his spectacular NRL career, whilst also representing his beloved Maroons at State of Origin level on 6 occasions. Motivated by the hardship being felt across the country, due to COVID19, Chris Walker set off on a brutal 1,757km charity walk from Cairns to the Gold Coast, his aim to assist those in need across the country, through the provision of crucial funds to his chosen charities on the Fund My Challenge platform – https://www.fundmychallenge.com/.
As part of R U OK Day, Jason O’Hagan, Managing Director of Weathertex will be interviewing NRL legends Wayne Pearce and Chris Walker to discuss some of their career highlights, how they managed their own wellbeing during high pressured situations and challenges and current charity work involvement.