Earlier this month the Canberra Raiders NSW Cup squad travelled to Moruya as they helped the local community as part of an annual training camp.
The squad, which was made up of the club’s players initially chosen for the Jersey Flegg Cup, were heavily involved in assisting the Moruya Surf Life Saving Club with both the Nippers and Special Nippers.
Raiders Manager of Careers, Welfare and Education, David Thom, said that the trip was a great way for the club to give back to the community.
“We like to connect with the community wherever we go,” Thom said. “The Special Nippers had about a dozen kids with various different needs and the boys had the big wheelchairs and were running them up and down the beach.
“The kids had an absolute ball, they loved it.”
One particular moment that stood out to David Thom was when a woman asked one of the players if they were able to help and look after one of the children with a disability.
“On Saturday when we got there a woman came over and asked Keaton Meads whether he could look after this particular child,” Thom said. ”This kid was quite immobile and Keaton just took this kid and looked after him for the three hours, walked him in the water and did some stuff in the wheelchair with him.
“The woman actually came to me later and thanked me for how Keaton had looked after that child for three hours.
“That was repeated many times with the other boys as well but that was one moment that was brought to my attention.”
The squad also took part in training sessions at Moruya and had the pleasure to hear and learn from former Canberra Raiders forward Mick Weyman.