Former Leeds Rhinos player Lee Smith was the latest icon to pay a visit to Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s In Touch dementia support group during their session at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Thursday.
The winger, who made 156 appearances in blue and amber, enjoyed the chance to meet the group and help relive some of his favourite memories of a fine career in the sport, as well as brief spells in Rugby Union.
Smith, who was born in Morley and came through the Academy to make his first team debut for his hometown club at just 18, was recognised for his vital contributions on some of the biggest stages, including scoring four tries in three consecutive Grand Final victories between 2007 and 2009, and a hat-trick for England against Papua New Guinea at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup finals.
As ever, there was plenty of time for pictures and questions from participants, with Smith happy to discuss life on and off the rugby field. The 33-year-old is now looking forward to working closely with Leeds Rhinos Foundation, and says he enjoyed the chance to visit members of our In Touch group.
“It was great to be invited along to the session today and look back at some fantastic moments in my career, especially during my time here with the Rhinos,” said Smith.
“These events are just a tiny part of what Leeds Rhinos Foundation does. They’re a fantastic charity and I’m delighted to be able to support their work which represents an incredible club and some amazing people across our city.”
Leeds Rhinos Foundation, working in partnership with Leeds Peer Support Service, provide a monthly service for people living with dementia to enjoy afternoons of reliving memories of Rugby League at the home of the Rhinos.
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