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Young Raiders Attend NRL Rookie Camp

A host of young Raiders were in Sydney over the weekend as they participated in the Annual NRL Rookie Camp.

Kyle Paterson, Darby Medlyn, Harley Smith-Shields, Matthew Timoko, Hudson Young, Brendan O'Hagan, Matthew Lyons, Lachlan Cooper and Andre Niko were all in attendance due to their progression at the club.

Paterson, who is a Development Player in 2019, said that he learned a lot from the camp, particularly from Dan Killian who spoke about his experiences.

"His story made me remember not to take anything for granted," Paterson said. "The whole camp was really good and put things in perspective for me."

The players who were joined by club Wellbeing Officers David Thom and Andrew Bishop, heard from a variety of speakers which included former Raiders captain Alan Tongue. There were presentations on topics such as: resilience, cultural awareness, respectful relationships, financial literacy, mental health, social media and the NRL Brand.

Andrew Bishop said that the Rookie Camp was a valuable experience for all the Raiders youngsters.

"The camp was a great experience for the young players and a good insight to the demands and expectations required to be an NRL player," said Bishop. "Listening to both current and ex NRL players on a variety of subjects enabled our young Rookies to gain a greater understanding to the pathway that is front of them."

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.