SPORTS STARS A HIT WITH THE FANS

Children from around the region have flocked to the Mount Isa Multi-sport and recreation centre for the opportunity to get advice from former professional athletes Darryl White, Timmy Duggan and Sharin Milner.

Duggan and Milner both played basketball in the Australian national leagues while White is a three-time AFL premiership player with Brisbane Lions.

This week was the first time AFL had been incorporated into the program which has previously only involved basketball.

White said he has been involved in programs of similar nature before but never at this time of the year.

"I done programs with kids before but never during the school holidays," he said.

"Playstation 3's and Xbox are usually the big temptations for kids once they get some time off so it is great to have the opportunity to get them out of the house.

Originally from Alice Springs, White is no stranger to the area.

The former Lion has frequented the town on a number of occasions, having family and friends within the region.

He said his main purpose during this visit was to make kids realise their potential.

"Of all the children here today, there could only be one that goes on to be a sporting hero," he said.

"What we a trying to do is give them the belief that they can excel in whatever field they choose."

Joining White in educating the kids on not only sport, but life is former Bulleen Boomers National Basketball player Milner who has made her first trip to Mount Isa for the program.

Originally from Melbourne, she said the city's close-knit community has made the program an enjoyable experience.

"I guess the theme of all the on court stuff is to try and teach the kids the importance of physical activity without making it a chore," she said.

"We have also had some great talks with them about the importance of leadership and how best to achieve your goals which has definitely resonated with a few of them."

She said she couldn't have asked for three better people to spread the program's overall message.

"The way they have interacted with the kids has just been phenomenal," she said.

"Each day we have a story time and the younger ones are really engaged in what they have to say."




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