And to further celebrate local sport, we took Darren Lockyer, one of Australia’s best athletes, to Carina Junior Rugby League Football Club where their under 9s picked his brain for tips, advice and other important things like pre-game rituals!
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Q&A with Darren Lockyer
1. What was your first club?
My first club was a club in Roma called the Cities Gladiators. They were blue and white.
2. What do you love about grassroots clubs?
You make friends, it brings your families together, brings your communities together. It’s fun.
3. What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
To be good at something you need to practice. The more you practice, the better you go.
4. What was the best thing about playing a team sport?
I think it’s about mateship and friendship. It’s all about having fun. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about going out there and enjoying each other’s company and having fun.
5. What’s your career highlight?
That’s a good question. There’s plenty there, but probably the most memorable one would be 2006 when we (the Broncos) won the premiership, Queensland won the State of Origin series and Australia won the Tri-Nations so that was a big year. That was probably my highlight.
6. What advice would you give to aspiring athletes?
It’s a bit like that question earlier. If you want to be good at something you need to practice. For me, you’ve got to be dedicated. If you really want to be an athlete in a chosen sport, you’ve got to be dedicated.
7. Who inspires you and why?
The person who inspired me the most when I was growing up was Wally Lewis. He was a famous player who played for the Broncos and an also played for Wynnum Manly [and Queensland in the] State of Origin. He was brilliant there and he captained Queensland in many series wins and he wore number 6. He was the guy who inspired me to play for Queensland.
8. What was your most memorable match and why?
I think game 3, State of Origin 2006 in Melbourne. We scored right in the last 5 minutes to win the game and win the series and then after that Queensland didn’t lose a series for 8 years in a row.
9. Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Yes I used to always put my left sock on first. You used to put electrical tape around your socks and I only used to put it around my leg once. On my footy boots, I used to wrap the tape around 3 times. So that was my superstition or ritual before a game.
10. How do you bounce back from a loss?
You just look to the next game. Sometimes when you lose a game it’s not the end of the world. It’s happened, you can’t change it but you can learn from it. You just focus on the next game.
11. What’s your favourite way to unwind?
Go to the beach! Jump in the ocean.
12. What’s your best workout song?
While I’m in tiger land, I reckon it’s Eye of the Tiger.
13. Was your family involved in your sporting club when you were younger?
Yes they were. My dad coached when I was in under 10s and under 12s and my mum used to work in the canteen and my brothers played as well.
14. What does your success mean to your former club?
Well my first club Roma Cities now have a club house and they named it after me so that’s a pretty big honour to me and that’s a legacy that I won’t forget.
15. Did you play any other sports other than rugby league?
Yeah I played cricket, basketball, AFL, squash. So I had a go at a few. Rugby league was probably my favourite.