League player keen to give back

Tuesday November 13, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Alex Glenn with partner Jemma Morgan and children Gisele and Milla. 18110101 Alex Glenn with partner Jemma Morgan and children Gisele and Milla. 18110101

While visiting Rarotonga last month, Brisbane Broncos player Alex Glenn, devoted some of his time to encouraging local youngsters to make the most of their rugby league talent. 

Glenn offered children rugby league coaching lessons at Nukupure Park in Muri.

“I want to give back to the community,” said Glenn.

He is set on coaching young kids and is working towards establishing a development programme focused on clinical training, that he hopes to get up and running next year.

Glenn, who has  had a long and successful career in league, believes the Cook Islands has the potential to climb further up the ladder of league such as the likes of Samoa and Tonga.

“I believe we can do it - get up there.”

“There is so much talent here.”

However, he feels there is a lack of guidance for the younger players. This gave him the inspiration to work towards his goal of starting a developmental clinic for the benefit of our young league enthusiasts.

There are sacrifices you have to make in order to succeed in league, he says.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, here or overseas, if you’ve got the talent and do whatever it takes to achieve that, then you will surely succeed.”

Glenn, 30, made his rugby league first grade debut at the age of 20. He became the club’s youngest-ever captain at 22.

He first represented the Cook Islands in 2012 as the captain of our national squad.

A New Zealand and Cook Islands representative, Glenn plays as a centre, second-row or lock.

Often the unsung hero of the Brisbane Broncos, Glenn received the club’s Most Consistent Player award in the season he notched up his 200th NRL game.

Glenn’s Cook Islands connection is on his maternal side. His mother Ann was raised in Rarotonga, and his grandparents Teokotai and Ann Kapi reside in Tupapa.   

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