Australian Jillaroo Nakia Davis-Welsh is looking forward to being a positive influence both on the field and off it.
An Australian and New South Wales representative, Nakia has signed with the Sydney Roosters as a marquee player in the inaugural NRL Holden Women's Premiership.
Nakia will also have a position with Indigenous organisation and Roosters partner Kari in a community role, which will see her working closely with young Indigenous groups, school children, and sporting groups.
Nakia recently attended an assembly at Randwick Public School to speak to the students about her path to success in rugby league and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Nakia also presented the winning students from the school's recent swimming carnival with trophies and pennants.
Answering questions from the students, Nakia sighted her strong rugby league family as her main inspiration, with her father playing for the Balmain Tigers in 1989 and her cousin being NRL star Greg Inglis.
"My family has been the biggest help throughout my career,
"They have always been there whenever I needed, whether it was picking me up from training or travelling with me to trail matches. I wouldn't be where I am today without them."
Nakia talked to the students about the importance of maintaining a strong routine of training hard, eating right, and getting plenty of rest.
Nakia said she is looking forward to using her status to be a positive influence in the community.
"I think it's important to get out and speak to the youth and let them know there are pathways to success. I want them to see if you work hard and are focussed you can achieve great things."