THERE have been bitter-sweet emotions for former Balmain Tigers rugby league star Paul Davis and his family.
Last week, they prepared to commemorate the third anniversary of the death of Paul Davis-Walsh - who was killed in a road accident in Kempsey, just before he was due to play for the under-16 Indigenous All Stars team against an NRL side in a pre-season warm-up.
At the beginning of the week, Young Paul’s sister Nakia received a call-up for the Australian Indigenous Women’s All-Star team that will play against an NRL side at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium next February.
“I’m very proud of Nakia,” her dad, Paul Davis said.
“She played touch footy for the NSW under-12s when she was at South Kempsey Public School in 2008.”
Nakia, who will turn 17 years old in April, is the youngest member of the Indigenous side’s squad.
She had played organised rugby league for only six weeks before the call-up, and impressed when featuring for the NSW Indigenous side against Queensland the previous weekend.
Paul snr, formerly manager of the Macksville Sea Eagles team, moved the family to Newcastle so Nakia could attend the Hunter Sports High School, at Gateshead.
There is still a lot of pain among the family for the loss of their 15-year-old son and brother.
But his father has organised the third annual Paul Davis-Welsh Memorial Golf Day and sports memorabilia auction, which will be held at the Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club, on December 21.
“Paul died three days before he was going to play for the Indigenous All Stars,” Paul snr said.
“It’s three years since he died and it still affects us all each day, but we’ve had great support for the golf day.”
The four-person Ambrose event, for men’s and women’s teams, will feature past and present NRL players.
Proceeds will go to the foundation named in Paul Davis-Welsh’s honour.
For more details contact Paul Davis on 0458 778 246, or Brett Davis on 0457 896 939.