Whatuira’s Sombre Story Leads Semi-Pro Day

Players from the Intrust Super Premiership NSW came together at the Australian College of Physical Education in Sydney Olympic Park this morning, for a program that supports NRL hopefuls on the road to professionalism.

Semi-Pro Day aims to assist in both personal and professional development, as well as equipping players with life skills as they juggle full-time work, training, and every day life.

A host of former NRL players were on hand to help out with proceedings, including Paul Whatuira, who shared his personal story on mental illness and thoughts of suicide.

There were also talks on drugs and financial advice, as well as theatre sports, which is a program that places players in real-life situations.