Former Melbourne Storm and State of Origin centre Will Chambers celebrated his birthday in Gunnedah recently.
The occasion coincided with Will’s appearance on behalf of youth mental health service headspace at Gunnedah Health and Fitness Company.
The recently retired NRL star – who played 12 seasons with the Storm and one for Cronulla, and won two grand finals – was in town to help raise awareness about the importance of good mental health and the role sport plays in the process.
Maryanne Perkins from GHFC said her business has worked closely with headspace over the years and recently raised much-needed funds for the local service through its GHFC Keepit Commando event.
Children from the Gunnedah community participated in an exercise workout with Will which was followed by a talk, and question and answer session.
Will offered some simple messages for aspiring young athletes: “to train hard and be fitter than anyone else, learn from your mistakes and be guided by those who care and put time in for you”.
Will also encouraged youth to use sport and all that it offers to improve their lives.
As a surprise present for his birthday, Will was also presented with a ‘Team GHFC’ hoodie by integral member, Ethan Leader.