CQ Capras team up with RJC!

Published 31 May 2024

CQ Capras team up with RJC!

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Four Rockhampton Capras footy players, including three from the current Hostplus first-grade squad, have proven valuable assets to the track maintenance team at the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s Callaghan Park Racecourse.

Rugby League players Samuel Yegip, Khaiya Waiembi, and Bob Tenza, from the Hostplus competition, and recruit Manu Sent, who are all from Papua New Guinea work most days at the Callaghan Park racetrack swapping the footy for weed eaters, blowers, and other maintenance equipment to help keep the big turf racetrack and grounds in top order.

“They are a godsend,” RJC track manager Trent Williams said. “Nothing phases them, whether working on the tools in the heat or rain, doing the heaving lifting, helping out with event setups, cleaning the facilities or the horse stalls, it’s all in a day’s work for them.”

Some months ago, Capras Rugby League Head Coach Lionel Harbin met with RJC management. Harbin, the Capras CEO Peter White and RJC CEO David Aldred struck sponsorship deal that mutually benefits both organisations.

“The players come to work with a smile on their face every day and they are still smiling when they leave, they are a top addition to our business,” Aldred said.

“Both the Capras and the RJC think it’s a tremendous community initiative that has brought together two of Rockhampton’s major sporting clubs, and the results are there for all to see.”

Tenza and Waiembi will pull on the maroon and blue jersey for Capras on Saturday in the Hostplus competition with the local team taking on the Ipswich Jets at Rocky’s Rugby Park.

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