Fern Bay PS Honours Rebecca Young

Filed under Education & Childcare, Event & Venue, News ~ by Press on  4 Jul 2019
Fern Bay students honour a sporting great and one of their own.

Fern Bay Public School will honour former student and Australian rugby league and rugby union representative Rebecca Young on Tuesday 23 July with the naming of its refurbished oval.

Principal Drew Janetzki says the naming will also be a NAIDOC celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The pitch has been levelled and resown with support from Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group and Port Waratah Coal.

“We’re delighted to acknowledge Rebecca’s marvellous contribution to Australian sport as an alumnus of the school,” said Drew.

“She has been an inspiration to many cohorts of Fern Bay students and to countless girls and young women aiming to make their mark in the sporting arena.”

Rebecca was exposed to a variety of sports in her time at the school, then playing Rugby Union from the age of 13, and on to club, NSW Country and Australian Wallaroos selection.

She played Rugby League from 2011, participating in Newcastle club teams in NSW competitions, captaining the Koori and Indigenous Allstars and NSW Women’s State of Origin team, and representing Australia in the Jillaroos in several test matches and two World Cups.

Rebecca owes her achievement to the support of her family, the Andersons, and the school where she first developed her love of sport – “A young Anderson girl in infants playing footy in her lunch break on the back oval”, as she describes herself.

Students, parents, staff and special guests will attend the formal naming of the oval art 9.15am on Tuesday July 23rd.

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Address: 6 Vardon Road, Fern Bay, 2295, NSW

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