Walker's warm welcome home
KYOGLE'S Shannon Walker stepped out of the helicopter to a hero's welcome at Riverside Park, Lismore, yesterday.
The blades of the Gold Coast Titans' team chopper had barely stopped spinning when Walker and his new first-grade captain Preston Campbell were mobbed by hundreds of local kids.
The NRL's newest star looked at home as he signed autographs and chatted with his young fans.
“It feels good,” he said, punctuated with a genuine, beaming smile.
Still in high spirits after pulling off the upset of the season over the Roosters last week, Walker and Campbell flew into town as part of the region's National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) celebrations.
“We do a fair bit of NAIDOC stuff,” Walker said. “We went to Evans Head last week and worked with Indigenous kids there.
“We also went to Alstonville. We get to see heaps of kids. They love it and I love it.”
Campbell, a diminutive fullback, looked more like a second-rower packing into a scrum as he was surrounded by about 30 kids in a group photo. He lapped up the attention but also gave Walker wraps for his community work.
“I like doing this stuff,” he said.
“It gives us a chance to get away from football and it gives the kids a chance to meet us.”