Mark Donaldson NSW State of Origin Assistant Manager

Inconspicuous Blues assistant a breath of fresh air’ by Malcom Knox (SMH May 28 2017)
With the traditional State of Origin showdown between QLD and NSW looming, it seems that coach, Laurie Daley, may have secured the early advantage. After serving in a smaller capacity during the 2016 Origin Series, Mark Donaldson VC, will now serve as Assistant Manager of the NSW State of Origin Team. Journalist Malcom Knox comments, “Donaldson is with the group; but it’s not about telling war stories either, or drawing false comparisons between the frontline in Afghanistan and the advantage line at Lang Park. His presence and influence with the group say much about Daley’s leadership ideas.” This is because Donaldson encapsulates so many important qualities: bravery and inconspicuous resilience. Knox’s article published in the Sydney Morning Herald provides insights into some of the pertinent topics relating to young men. This parallel is why we are so excited to host Mark Donaldson VC at the National Boys’ Education Conference (NBEC) in 2017.