The Canberra Times 23rd Man

Jack Anderson from Holder, was this week announced as the winner of The Canberra Times 23rd Brumby competition.

His prize included the opportunity to attend the Captains Run, selected merchandise, pre-game tour of the stadium and the opportunity to spend the first half the Blues game on the player’s bench. In order to be considered the 23rd Brumby applicants had to say what qualified them to be the 23rd Brumby.

Below is jack’s winning entry:

At the age of 17 I was awarded a place to participate in a Brumbies sponsored 'Outward Bound' leadership camp, at the time (2002) being a Year 12 student at Erindale College and enrolled in the college's Talented Sports Program. Through the Brumbies' generous funding, I was taught leadership skills and the ability to mentor those younger and more disadvantaged than myself.

These skills helped me to develop as a young person and gave me an experience I will always be grateful for. As part of being successfully chosen by the Brumbies, I was also awarded a season pass for the 2002 rugby competition. I have been a member every year ever since, as have my entire family. We are proud to support our Brumbies, through the elation of our win in 2004, our agonisingly close disappointments in subsequent years, to the return of heart and soul to Jake White's men this year. I would like to be the 23rd Brumby so I can personally express Canberra's appreciation for the Brumbies' courage and tenacity they display week in and week out. Had it not been for the Brumbies' foresight in providing an opportunity to develop Canberra's young people I would never have been exposed to rugby and the great people behind Australia's most successful rugby organisation.

Congratulations Jack, we hope you enjoy the experience!