Bennett pulls record crowd

THE Tweed will get a rare insight into master rugby league coach Wayne Bennett on Friday when he speaks at Salt Surf Life Saving Club's annual sportsman's lunch.

Salt Surf Life Saving Club president David Hoare said Bennett's appear-ance had attracted more than just NRL lovers.

“I think what Wayne brings us won't just be about football, he will be able to share a lot about his life experiences,” Mr Hoare said.

“People are really interested in Wayne Bennett away from the football field.”

Bennett not only coached the Broncos to six premierships, but has also won a Queensland Father of the Year award and written two books.

Mr Hoare said the annual sportsman's lunch was the lifeblood of the club. Bennett's appearance has already paid dividends, with this year's event the first to ever sell out.

“We have exceeded expectations ... he was at the top of our wish-list and we weren't sure whether we would get him or not, so we were very excited when he said he would do it,” Mr Hoare said.

“The response to the lunch has been fantastic over its first four years; it is really good how people get behind the club and just get behind these things.”

As a 10-year-old Mr Hoare was one of the boys who carried Brisbane Souths' players' bags to the dressing room each weekend and Bennett was one of those players.

Mr Hoare said he was looking forward to meeting the man again 35 years later.

The lunch starts at 1pm DST with ticket holders asked to arrive by 12.30pm DST.



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