If I mention sports legends living in SE Qld who comes to your mind? Think Surfing, Ironman, NRL, AFL and Le Tour. All five of these guys (note the subtle hint…) took part in a novel Legends of Sport event for the staff and clients of JLG, a multinational company and a leading manufacturer of lift equipment for uses in all industries. The event was at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Here they are with Chloe Maxwell (MC for the night, far right)) and two of the hard working event organisers are featured with the champs. They are from left: Mat Rogers (NRL Gold Coast Titans and ex Wallabies Rugby Union), Ky Hurst, IronMan Champion and Olympic Long Distance swimmer, Mark Occhilupo, Professional Surfer and former World Champion, Jonathan Brown, AFL Brisbane Lions all time leading goal kicker and regarded as one of the best currently playing AFL and Robbie McEwen, 3 x winner of the Maillot Vert (Green Sprinters Jersey) at the Tour de France, now technical advisor/sprint coach at Orica Green Edge, the Australian Pro Cycling Team which was his last team before retiring in 2012.
Five stages were set for the night, one the speciality of each Legend competitor. They also had a team of five fellow competitors, one helping at each stage.
Cycling was first up, the exercise to ride as far as you could in 1 minute. No prizes for guessing who was the best bike rider.
Next up was skills on the surf board machines. I think someone speeded up the action for Occy but all good fun.
Then to the rowing machines. next time they might have to be bolted to the floor as these strong men nearly launched off the platform on the first couple of strokes. Other crew members quickly stabilised the ship and allowed the races to continue. Same 1 minute time span, no sweat for the legend but a few of the team members were showing the strain.
Now to the Rugby passing competition and straight away Jonathan Brown tried to pull a flanker with a nifty handball pass, quickly yellow carded for that misdemeanour. Passing please. However he surpassed a few with his skill at the Rugby pass. Maybe a career switch to the Wallabies as a Lock could be up for grabs!! Mat Rogers showed how passes could be executed left or right with ease but great style was shown by Robbie and by several of the team members.
The least team stage event was an AFL kicking comp. Getting the balls back to the players seemed to be harder than the actual kicking. At one stage balls seemed to be flying in all directions, Somehow the score keepers managed to calculated the team placings.
After a well earned break the final assault course, a mixture of rock climbing, sumo wrestling, skipping and ball skills.
Bragging ribes belonged to Team McEwen, but I don’t thnk anyone was too upset. It was the taking part that mattered.
Thrown in was a charity auction to raise funds for Mat and Chloe’s charity, 4ASDF Kids (did I say that they are a married couple.) They have an Austistic child and set up the foundation to help local families on the Gold Coast in similar situations to themselves, but who may not have the $40,000 per child for the remedial treatment that they were able to afford for their child. They have raised over $2 million so far and have started to refurbish the five primary school facilities on the Gold Coast which specialise in the treatment and education of young children on the Autistic spectrum. They have just completed their first at Burleigh Heads State School and are very pleased with the outcome. I am not sure how much was raised on the night but I think it was over $10,000,
In his closing comments, Mat Rogers said that this concept could become a TV Show. It certainly entertained the crowd on the night.