The faith and dreams of footballer Matt King

Matt King and family

For former rugby league international Matt King and his wife Kirsten, their Catholicism is part of their daily lives they share with each other and their two small daughters, Willow and Charlie, reports The Catholic Weekly

'Faith is not something we talk about,' says Kirsten. 'We practise it, without making a big thing of it, always treating others as we would like to be, caring for others, respecting others, and not being selfish – all those elements come to us from the Faith. 

'You live it because your religion brought you to it and we’re raising the children the way we were raised.'

In Matt’s case that was at Casino in northern NSW, where he dreamt he would one day play rugby league for Parramatta and for Australia. More to the point in those days his mother saw to it that Matt and his little sister never missed saying their prayers. They went with her and his five big brothers to Mass every Sunday and each night she knelt at the bedside to say prayers with the two little ones. 

'Today I may not get a chance during the day but before my head hits the pillow at night I usually remember to say a prayer.' 

He never did play for Parramatta but he did play for Australia. It was a progression he largely shaped himself including a couple of seasons when, he says, 'my priorities got a bit mixed up.' 

For Matt King it was a learning curve that supplied background for his role today at South Sydney as the development coach of the Rabbitohs’ young, potential first-graders. 

He never abandoned his boyhood dreams about playing rugby league. When he finished high school he threw himself into the North Coast competition playing for Casino and two seasons with the Marist Brothers Lismore side. Being at home kept his faith strong. 

FULL STORY Footballer Matt King shares a dream, faith with family (The Catholic Weekly)

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