Harding serving rugby league on and off the field

Credit: Tom Campbell

Karl Harding is making an impact both on and off the field in 2018.

The South Perth Lions hooker has played in three of his side’s opening four games of the season, playing a role in wins over the Joondalup Giants and Willagee Bears.

That’s not all.

Harding is a qualified Chaplain and has been working closely with NRL WA teams as the sport’s official Chaplain.

“Any time you’re given an opportunity to speak into people’s lives, it’s huge,” he said.

“It’s not every day someone trusts you with that responsibility like NRL WA.”

A Youth Worker, Harding has been providing support for rugby league players since February.

“I took on the role halfway through the Pirates season,” he said.

“For me, it’s continuing to hammer home that everyone has a story, and although everyone’s story is different there’s still common ground there.

“It’s quite inspiring to hear where people have come from and what they’ve overcome – what they want to achieve through rugby league and life.”

The appointment is part of NRL WA’s vision for each club to have a certified Chaplain.

“There’s more pressure in a way because you want to make sure you do it right,” Harding said.

“It makes me think long term about how it looks in five years time – am I laying a good foundation?”

Above all, Harding says he loves the work he has been doing.

“It gives you an awesome perspective on people,” he said.

“At some stage everyone finds themselves coaching or volunteering.

“The older you get, the less the body can put up with, so you want to find another way to stay involved.”

NRL WA would like to thank Karl for his efforts to date and look forward to building for the future.