Champion's home is with Rabbitohs
DURING an indigenous awards night held in Coffs Harbour at the weekend, South Sydney centre Beau Champion gladly confirmed that his home is with the Rabbitohs and the only way he would leave would be if he was shown the door.
Champion, one of the NRL’s leading tryscorers in 2010, added that he was grateful for the opportunity to play first grade and his biggest goal was for his beloved Souths to win its first premiership since 1971 or at least make the top four in 2011.
The former Kempsey junior, who moved with his family to Sydney’s La Perouse, said he was glad Souths were not involved in this year’s salary cap scandal and hoped that in 2011 the club will avoid the injuries that dogged them this year.
He also heaped praise on one of the Coffs Coast’s highest profile residents, club part-owner Russell Crowe, saying how valuable and inspirational he was to the team.
Champion was in Coffs Harbour as a representative of the South’s Cares program.
The 23-year-old frequently visits and speaks to indigenous youths in a mentoring capacity.
His commitment includes at least two visits each year along with fellow Rabbitohs Nathan Merritt and Chris Sandow to the Grafton Aboriginal Correctional Facility, Acmena.
‘Champ’ told the crowd of approximately 200 people, made up mostly of indigenous people along with dignitaries including mayor Keith Rhoades, that he loves visiting Coffs and feels a family bond with the area, particularly the Aboriginal community, due to his Mid North Coast family ties and feels privileged to visit and speak to youths at schools and other venues throughout the year.