Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, and Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck are the 2017 Sydney Roosters NRL Education Ambassadors to assist in the delivery of Wellbeing and Education programs throughout the club.

The NRL and Sydney Roosters Wellbeing and Education teams partner to design and deliver a range of workshops for our Harold Matthews, SG Ball, National Youth Competition (NYC), and NRL teams during the pre-season. The goal of these programs are to create individuals that are proud of the game, balanced in life, dedicated to professional development and lifelong learning, good team members, respectful, and wise and ethical decision makers.

Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck shared his experience of balancing study and work commitments during his time in the NYC at the Sydney Roosters 16s & 18s CareerWise Workshop. He was joined by a panel of former players, inclulding Dean Widders, George Rose, and Dene Halatua, to share tips and advice for career success on and off the field.

Johnny emphasised the importance of working with the Sydney Roosters Career Coach, Narelle Hess, exploring different interests and committing to completing further education. Johnny completed a Certificate IV in Graphic Design, completed work experience with the Sydney Roosters design team, and worked as a Graphic Designer with the NSWRL during his time playing in the NYC competition, in addition to completing a number of short courses through Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall was on hand to assist Dene Halatua and Damon Spooner facilitate the Resilience Project presentation, an extension of the work by Hugh van Cuylengurg. This project helps build the skills of gratitude, empathy, and mindfulness for our 16s and 18s squads. Shaun provided powerful tips and advice on how he has developed and used these skills throughout his illustrious NRL career.

All participants of the workshops walked away with a range of resources and workbooks, and inspiring examples of how to be successful on and off the field from some of their NRL role models.