Stockman Rugby: A tour about much than just footy and beers

By Michael Atkinson; Photo: Hybacrakin Creations There’s something special about touring. Playing a bit of rugby and sharing a few (or more) beers in some exotic location. But there is a lot more value that can be gained and that’s what Stockman Rugby is all about. It’s the brainchild of Shaun Mackin, from country kids’ charity, Little Windmills. He wanted to find a way to connect with young men in remote rural and regional areas to address some major issues. “We thought, ‘No one’s going to come to a mental health seminar, but they’ll come on a rugby tour,” said founder, Mackin. “We’re already seeing that.” “We work for Little Windmills and on the side, we do development clinics around the place and reach kids through sport: providing them with athletic development which they otherwise wouldn’t have had, and also, tying in these mental health messages.” Having previously ventured to New Zealand in 2013 and Ireland in 2014, the Stoc
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