St Dominic’s College Year 10 Students were incredibly fortunate to share an afternoon with Penrith Panthers great, Royce Simmons yesterday.
Royce Simmons is undoubtedly one of the all-time favourite players amongst Penrith Panthers fans, helping to pave the way for future generations of young Panthers players.
Royce shared many memories from his humble beginnings as a young First Grade Footballer in the NSW Rural town of Cowra and his journey to winning the 1991 Grand Final with Penrith and becoming the first Panthers Player to represent Australia in Rugby League.
Our Year 10 students were privilege to invaluable advice from Royce on resilience, hard work, determination and the will to never give up in the pursuit of achieving your dream – all the qualities that has seen Royce become a Rugby League immortal and loved member of our Penrith Community.
Sharing details about his battle with Alzheimer’s and showing the same fighting determination he had as a young man, Royce is raising awareness and much needed funds to assist in the research of this disease that is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death for women.
Royce’s Big Walk, a fund raising initiative, which saw Royce walk from his childhood hometown of Gooloogong to Bluebet Stadium in Sydney raised over $1,000,000 for the research surrounding Dementia.
St Dominic’s College would like to thank Royce Simmons for taking the time to visit the College, for sharing his life lessons and for educating our young men on the importance of never giving up.
To donate to Royce’s Big Walk foundation, please click here.