Stoked to announce our first rugby league experience with one of the best 9’s in the game, James ‘Chicko’ Segeyaro(@chicko9). Originally from Papua New Guinea, Chicko moved to Australia at a young age to follow his dream of playing rugby league at a professional level. Currently playing for the Penrith Panthers, Chicko was interested in creating an experience on Loqules that would give fans an unprecedented insight into a players life on game day and also to raise money and awareness for the charity LIVIN. Both Chicko and us at Loqules will be donating the money raised from selling this experience to LIVIN.
We caught up with Chicko to ask him about his experience and why LIVIN is an organisation that is close to his heart.
Tell us about your Loqules experience?
I teamed up with the guys from Loqules a few weeks ago and I loved the whole idea of creating these experiences that people normally wouldn’t have access to. Being a professional rugby league player and fan of the game from such a young age, I thought it would be really cool to give people an insight into what life is like for a player on game day. So that’s what we’re doing, giving two people a real insiders view into what I do on game day and getting to experience it with me.
Why are you offering this experience?
Well it’s about giving back. I’m lucky enough to get to play the game at a professional level and I know that when I was young and coming up, getting to spend time or meet pros was one of the best learning experiences I had. I also saw this as a great vehicle to raise money and awareness LIVIN; an organisation that is close to me.
Tell me about LIVIN and what they do?
LIVIN is a an organisation that is dedicated to living your life at the top and destroying the stigma around mental illness. Their slogan is ‘It Aint Week To Speak’ and are run by an awesome and dedicated team that are truly passionate.
Why is it important to you?
I lost a very close friend of mine to suicide in 2013 and it’s something that has really affected me. Suicide is a real issue in rugby league and it’s not always easy to notice from the outside when someone close to you is going through a tough time, especially in a sport like rugby league where it’s meant to be a tough macho game and there’s a perception that you’re not meant to talk about your feelings. LIVIN’s goal is to break down that barrier and let people know that it ain’t weak to speak, I really relate to what they’re doing as an organisation and want to support it by getting the word out.
Anything else you want to add?
I’m really looking forward to this experience and meeting the fans that are the true supporters of the game and make this all possible. For me, it’s about connecting with the fans on a new level and giving them an insight into the person behind the player. At the moment, all you really see is what happens in 80 minutes on the field but there is more to rugby league players than that and I’d really like to give people that understanding.
Want to experience a game day with Chicko? You can get an instant invitation to Loqules here.