Dual-code football legend welcomed

LEETON residents were treated to a visit from football royalty on Friday evening when Wendell Sailor came to town.
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Sailor was in town as part of the Parental and Community Engagement (PaCE) program to speak with parents at the Leeton Aboriginal Lands Council, as well as taking part in festivities at Gossamer Park in Wattle Hill.

Sailor hosted a skills session for the town’s footballers and attended a free community barbecue where he spoke about his life journey and football career.

Hundreds of residents attended the event, according to PaCE co-ordinator Jacob Muthsam.

“There were so many people there, probably about 300 to 350 people,” he said.

“Wendell interacted really well with the kids … everyone that wanted an autograph or photo got one.

“He was really generous with his time.”

Sailor ran a closed session with PaCE program parents where he spoke about the importance of family and how it is necessary to encourage children to strive for their best.

There was also a big screen set up in the park to watch the North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles semi-final match.

Mr Muthsam said feedback from the night was encouraging.

“Everyone seemed really happy,” he said. “It was great to have someone like Wendell there because he has played both rugby league and rugby union, so a lot of people were able to relate to him.

“It was good for the community of Wattle Hill to host the event too.

“It gave them real ownership of what was happening.”

PaCE receives funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

DUAL international football player Wendell Sailor paid a visit to Leeton on Friday evening.

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