Monday, 8th April 2013
Elijah Taylor – 2 Test Matches for the Kiwis to his name and 40 NRL appearances for the Vodafone Warriors will be returning home to Kaitaia to complete a number of School visits.
Originally Elijah was scheduled to attend a Leadership through League festival on Tuesday 9th of April, however Warriors Management changed their training schedule at the last minute. But in show of true passion and professionalism Elijah has made himself available on Monday. Elijah will be playing against the South Sydney Rabbitoh’s on Sunday and then spending 8 hours in a car to attend 5 schools on Monday promoting Rugby League in Kaitaia and celebrating the recently launched Leadership through League program. Kaitaia College who this week qualified for the NorthTec Adam Blair trophy final will have the opportunity to pick Elijah’s brain on how to win a grand final. Elijah was a part of the first Warriors U20 Grand Final Champions team in 2010.
Leadership through League is a program that is run in partnership between Rugby League Northland and the Northland DHB. It sees College students being taught coaching and leadership principles then interacting with primary schools to gain practical experience. The college students are then responsible for running and managing an end of program festival.
The partnership between RLN and the DHB sees the College students mentoring primary school students on the benefits of “Water is the best drink,” of which Elijah Taylor will be an ambassador for and will voice a number of radio adverts later in the year.
Elijah is always prepared to go the extra mile for grass roots Rugby League and has even been known to run water for the Muriwheneua Falcons team.
Elijah’s next NRL game will be a milestone, his 50th at senior level. But it won’t be this week, he is sitting out the weekend with a rib cartilage injury picked up in last Sunday’s game v Rabbitohs. Elijah’s doing solid rehab and will be fit for the milestone v Storm on Anzac Day 25th. Here’s a newly released video clip from NZRL.
Pictures from Elijah’s visit –