Speakers all good sports
LEGENDARY rugby league coach Wayne Bennett was the first to admit he was nervous after entertaining a crowd of about 100 people at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa yesterday.
Mr Bennett was guest speaker at the inaugural Movember Celeb- rity Sports Lunch to help raisemoney for beyondblue and prostate cancer research.
"You have to entertain the crowd, so I couldn't be boring old Wayne," Mr Bennett said.
"I've made a lot of speeches in my life, but this is a bit different."
Mr Bennett was joined by a mix of past and present sporting identities that included renowned surfer Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew; two of Australia's all-time surf lifesaving greats Trevor Hendy and Karla Gilbert; triathlete PeterJacobs, who finished second in the gruelling 2011 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, and former Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Ben Ikin.
Sports Tonight presenter and former Southern Cross University student Brad McEwen hosted the event.
"It's been a wonderful afternoon with some great sports people and I was happy to help out," Mr Bennett said.
"I don't get up this way toooften, but I will definitely try and get here a bit more."
Rabbit Bartholomew was thrilled to spend the afternoon alongside Wayne Bennett.
"To be part of a program with Wayne Bennett has been fantastic," he said.
"I have a lot of respect and admiration for him."
Event organiser Scott O'Neile was overwhelmed with the success of the sports lunch.
"My dad had prostate cancer and I had depression and Movember supports both of those causes," Mr O'Neile.
"A couple of the speakers have stayed here before and I wanted to have a variety of guests that would appeal to a wide audience.
"It's going to become an annual event and we've already set the date down for November 30 next year."