Paul Walker - Honorary Life Member

Paul Walker

Honorary Life Member

Paul Walker has been involved in schools rugby league since 1984. All of his involvement has featured energy, skill, passion and astute judgement. He started his schools coaching career with teams from St John College Lakemba followed by De La Salle College Caringbah. In 1988 Paul expanded his involvement with NSW Combined Catholic Colleges when he was appointed convenor of Independent schools. He was then appointed NSWCCC 15s manager in 1989 and 1990 at the National Championships. Throughout the nineties he made a consistent contribution to the game of rugby league at various levels. In 2000 he was elected as an Australian selector and was re-elected in 2001, and in this role he showed great insight and knowledge of the game.

It was at this time that he was appointed to the ARL Foundation and has continued in the game’s employ in the area of developing the young people who play the game. As the Foundation morphed into ARL Development and then merged into the NRL, Paul has maintained his commitment to schoolboy rugby league and the ASSRL in particular.

For ten years, Paul represented the game in an advisory capacity at our National 15 Years Championships and provided feedback and input into our various programs and operating procedures to continue to ensure best practice. In his role at the ARL Development he provided the necessary training and expertise to support our implementation of Leaguenet and its various supports available to us. This led to significant professional development and training for many teachers at all levels, and this was clearly to the benefit of the players.

He has consistently been one of our effective voices in the world of rugby league at the highest levels, speaking throughout this time on our behalf in a number of forums to ensure that schoolboy rugby league maintained a prominent place in rugby league as a whole. He often gave us prior warning of what was happening behind the scenes and advised about things of which we should be careful, and directions that ASSRL might be wise to take. Paul’s very timely advice and intervention was always welcomed by Executive and Council.

Paul’s appointment to the Welfare role at the NRL has broadened his input into and impact upon Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League and the players at our championships. This role has wide ranging implications as it not only educates the boys in expectations of league players but also plays a valuable role in ensuring that they have access to best possible supports in all areas of their health, particularly mental health. These areas are so important to young people today and Paul has been at the forefront of developing and promoting this vital area.

Paul’s values and attitudes reflect and evoke the core values of the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League Council and he is a very deserving recipient of Honorary Life Membership.



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