Sam Williams – Canberra Raiders
Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams is one of our cherished ambassadors for Ronald McDonald House Canberra. 29-year-old Williams has played over 100 matches across the NRL and English Super League competitions, 90 of which have been with the Green Machine. Mr Williams said he was excited to be involved with RMHC Canberra:
“The service they provide for Canberra’s surrounding region, including my hometown of Cooma, is invaluable”.
- Sam Williams, RMHC ACT & SE NSW Ambassador
Elly Wicks is a Presenter for PRIME7 and currently presents the regional NSW weather live, five nights a week for the 6pm Local News Bulletin and the 6.30pm National News Bulletin. Elly also reads the 6pm News regularly, including Sport.
Prior to her time at PRIME7, Elly worked extensively in sport and racing for companies such as TAB, Sports Entertainment Network, and Melbourne Storm. She has interviewed a vast amount of sport and celebrity guests over a number of years at Australia's biggest racing event, the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Elly created and host’s #CelebrityFix a digital entertainment program which can now be heard weekly on Sydney radio station SEN 1170.
At 24 years of age, Kayla Nisbet has experienced plenty: Broken legs, fractured feet, a broken wrist, and a battle with epilepsy, which threatened her career. Such is the life of a jockey. In the saddle most days of the week performing track work or racing, the injury toll is seen as just part of the job. Kayla recalls, “I was always going to be a jockey for as long as I can remember.” She competed in her first race as a 16-year-old.
Her most confronting time, however, was not on the track, but it had the potential to derail her career. Kayla had an epileptic seizure while shopping in 2016. There were obvious concerns that she would never be able to race again. For nine months it halted her career, with race officials only allowing her back when she gained permission to drive a vehicle again. It was one of the toughest periods in her life. The epilepsy is now controlled by medication and through the avoidance of fatigue. This means no early morning track work on race days and ensuring late nights are kept to a minimum. It is a regulated and disciplined life but one that will not be forever; “I want to ride for the next three or so years, then I want to have children,” says a determined Kayla.
Kayla has established a well-earned reputation within the Canberra racing community. And it is an achievement, which has not come without its sacrifices.