Rugby legend plays key role on Australia Day


Ex-Wallabies player and coach, Jim Williams is the official Australia Day Ambassador.
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Penrith’s Australia Day celebrations will include a visit by Premier Mike Baird.

He will give a speech at the Premier’s Reception at the Sydney International Regatta centre at 5pm, on January 26 before the concert at Penrith Lakes.

MP Stuart Ayers will host the event.

Jim Williams, Australian rugby union great, is Penrith’s Australia Day ambassador this year.

Mr Williams will give the ambassador’s address at the citizenship ceremony at the Penrith Civic Centre at 10am.

He will also attend the Premier’s Reception before attending the Australia Day Concert at the regatta centre.

Mr Williams will also attend and speak at the Australia Day Awards dinner on Thursday, January 22.

At this reception Penrith’s local Australia Day awards winners are announced.

Mr Williams was a winner of the Rugby World Cup with the Wallabies and won the Super 12 title with the ACT Brumbies in 2001.

After serving as an assistant coach at Irish club Munster, Mr Williams returned to Australia as part of the Wallabies coaching staff in 2008.

As a player, Mr Williams started at NSW Waratahs, moved to the Brumbies before making his national debut in 1999.

He played 14 times for the Wallabies.

Since April 2012 Mr Williams has turned his attention to the Closing the Gap initiative, working with the NSW Rugby Union on a federal government-funded program called Learn Earn Legend.

The program is aimed at indigenous students; supporting students to stay in school, finish and then go onto further education or employment.

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