Local Club Breaking the Stigma


Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Club came together recently for an important cause to host the Under 15’s Youth Mental Health and Fitness Event.

The local initiative, which was organised by the Emu Plains JRLFC Under 15 – 2’s Darren Wills (Manager) and Dave Harris (Coach) was held at Emu Sports Club with over 100 people in attendance.

Gus Worland from Gotcha4Life, Ivan Cleary and Tyrone May from the Penrith Panthers, Alan Harding from Penrith Men’s Walk and Talk and Sean Hogan who was MC of the event were joined by the Under 15’s players, coaches and guests.

The special event helped to fight the stigma surrounding mental health, with several speakers lending a hand.

The key speaker was Gus Worland, Founder of Gotcha4Life. He also had a Q & A session with Ivan Cleary and

Tyrone May from the Penrith Panthers, which gave an insight into the importance of mental fitness in sport.

Attendees donated over $1,000 to Gotcha4Life on the night, which doubled the donation made the previous year.

Mr Worland was given an Emu Plains JRLFC Under 15’s jersey and was made an honorary Emu!

“We received positive feedback from the players and their parents about the event. I am sure that they all took something out of the evening with the skills and the knowledge that they learnt” said Darren Wills, Emu Plains JRLFC

Under 15 – 2’s Manager and Organiser.

“Thank you to everyone that was involved with making the night a success. We hope to have more events like this in the future” ended Darren.

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