Dragons in town as part of NRL Community Carnival

Former Pambula-Merimbula Bulldog, Euan Aitken will be in Bega on Monday with the Dragons as part of the NRL Community Carnival alongside Kezie Apps and other Dragons stars.

Former Pambula-Merimbula Bulldog, Euan Aitken will be in Bega on Monday with the Dragons as part of the NRL Community Carnival alongside Kezie Apps and other Dragons stars.

The St George Illawarra Dragons will be in town on Monday as part of the NRL's Community Carnival. 

Fans will get the chance to meet players and officials from the Dragons, as well as catch up with some local rising stars in the Dragons' ranks. 

The players will visit the Sapphire Marketplace in Bega to catch up with fans from 3.15pm on Monday.

Drew Hutchison, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Josh Kerr, Kurt Mann will be in attendance alongside Pambula's own Euan Aitken and Bega ladies star Kezie Apps. 

Aitken is riding high before the 2017 season after strong showings in the Four Nations for Scotland and more recently the Auckland Nines draw.

"The Community Carnival is a great initiative and I am really looking forward to heading back to my home region," Dragons centre and Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs junior Euan Aitken said. 

Apps was also a standout in the Nines before she unfortunately suffered a broken leg in a heavy hit with the Kiwi Ferns. 

"We were all young aspiring NRL players once so the opportunity to meet the kids and promote the game and the other important positive lifestyle messages is a great experience for everyone involved," Aitken said.

Dragons community manager Paul Everill believes the Community Carnival is a big boost for rugby league fans in the club's catchment areas. 

"The Community Carnival is a great opportunity for us to visit other parts of our region and being the pre-season we have the ability to take our full squad out into these areas and it is something the players really enjoy," Everill said.

"It is a great opportunity for the players and fans to interact and for us to promote important and positive life messages."

It will be a meet and greet opportunity for fans to get a photo or an autograph from the players, but a spokesman for the club said there might be an opportunity for the players to throw a footy around with some of the kids in attendance on the day. 

A number of players from the Illawarra-based NRL club will also be visiting students at the Shell Cove Primary School on the day. 

Players and staff will be joined by NRL Game Development Officers in delivering the NRL Respect program to local students, with lessons including interactive activities, together with educational resources.

The Dragons will take part in local junior rugby league clinics, as well as participate in education lessons with students, focusing on the importance of respect, belonging and celebrating differences both on and off the field. 

The NRL Respect program is linked to the Australia and New Zealand curriculum. Every school will receive an interactive presentation, which is supported by a six-week teaching resource focusing on respect, belonging and celebrating differences.

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