Karla Gilbert and Trevor Hendy are interviewed by Brad McEwen at the inaugural Sports Charity Lunch at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.
Karla Gilbert and Trevor Hendy are interviewed by Brad McEwen at the inaugural Sports Charity Lunch at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. Jay Cronan

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."



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