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NRL Club Wellbeing and Education Award winner Lachlan Croker

Respected Manly Sea Eagles hooker Lachlan Croker continues to make positive inroads in his ability to manage full time professional rugby league with post football aspirations.

Croker is currently studying a Criminology & Criminal Justice degree and a Sport & Exercise Science degree at the same time, working through them in between juggling commitments of an NRL player.

The 26-year-old was a well-deserved recipient of Manly’s Wellbeing and Education Award at the club’s 2023 presentation night on Monday. Croker is also the club’s Education ambassador.

The Wellbeing and Education Excellence award goes to a player who actively engages with the club’s program and is trying to achieve the goals they set in their individual Wellbeing plan throughout the season.

Manly's NRL/Athlete Wellbeing and Education Manager, Tim Gee,  presented Lachlan Croker with his award
Manly's NRL/Athlete Wellbeing and Education Manager, Tim Gee, presented Lachlan Croker with his award ©NRL Photos

At the same time, the player is working hard to enhance their educational aspirations for their career away from the football field.

Manly's NRL/Athlete Wellbeing and Education Manager, Tim Gee, said the Sea Eagles were fortunate to have a ‘fantastic wellbeing role model’ in Croker.

“Lachlan also sits on the club’s Wellbeing committee and is proactive in supporting and communicating programs and initiatives to team mates,’’ Gee said.

“He assists in the presentation of Wellbeing & Education workshops to the junior grades acting as a mentor for the younger players.

Lachlan has a very committed and focused approach to completing his education

Tim Gee on Lachlan Croker

“This is evident in him studying two degree courses at once. Undertaking this workload whilst playing at the highest level is a success in itself, but Lachlan has also been able to achieve regular grades of Distinction or higher in both degrees which is an outstanding achievement.

“He is also often the first one to volunteer to help out with community programs or to help a community group that reaches out to him privately.”

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