Teenager recovers from skiing accident to referee his mum at rugby fun day – East Lothian Courier
A DAY of rugby fun and games is on offer to support a player as he recovers from a serious head injury while skiing.
Preston Lodge RFC is holding the event on Saturday in aid of the head injury charity Headway in honour of fellow player Nic Guest, who is recovering from the injury he suffered in Switzerland.
Nic, 17, has recently returned to school at Preston Lodge after extensive treatment and, although he is not quite fit to play rugby yet, will be refereeing a game between the under-18 team of which he is usually a part and their own mothers, including his own.
Marian Guest, Nic’s mum said: “We’ve called the event ‘Thumbs up for Nic’ and it’s to raise money for an incredible charity.
“Some of the other mums and I will be taking on Nic’s team, though it’s not full contact! It will be touch rugby, and everyone will be dressed up a bit in funny outfits and things. It should be a lot of fun.
“It’s a shame that Nic can’t play, but he still needs to take it easy.”
The rugby fundraising day will include matches from many different teams that play for the club, as well as food, entertainment and stalls.
Preston Lodge RFC said in a statement: “We are delighted to be able to host and support this event.
“Nic is a well-known, well-respected teammate and everyone at the club was shocked to hear of his accident back in January.
“He is a remarkable young man who simply sees challenges in life and meets them head on.
“He managed to get back on the rugby field with his team-mates for the half-time team talk during the U18s final of the East Lothian School 7s.
“Nic chose Headway East Lothian as the local charity he would like to support with this event.
“Everything kicks off at 2pm. The curtain-raiser is a touch rugby game between a mixed team of age grade boys and girls against the Colts.
“Then it is the main event – the touch rugby match between the Colts’ mums and the Colts themselves, with Nic refereeing!
“We hope the local community will come along and support the event, which takes place at the Preston Lodge RFC clubhouse at Bankfoot, Prestonpans, with matches being played over the road from the club.
“There will be a barbecue all afternoon, plus teas and coffees and home baking in the clubhouse.
“The bar will be open and local musicians are supporting the event from 4pm in the clubhouse.
“There will of course be raffles and tombolas in aid of Headway East Lothian, a great cause.”