Vicki Hudson – A Real Storm

Northern Sydney Welfare Officers Ken Vessey, Norm Pounder and Fred Jackson first met Vicki at the Royal Rehab Centre, Putney in early 2015, where she was receiving rehab treatment for serious spine injuries to her T6, sustained in a fall down stairs at her home. 

Image: Norm Pounder, Vicki Hudson and Fred Jackson 

Vicki has been home since January 2016 after spending some 62 weeks at the RNS Hospital and Royal Rehab Centre, she is a paraplegic incomplete and admitted to having some difficulties in coming to grips being at home, after such a long duration in hospitals. 

Vicki hails from Merewether, Newcastle NSW, growing up in a rugby league supporting family and can recall as a young girl going to matches with her family. Her brother John has played 1st grade for South Newcastle RLFC and is still active in rugby league in the Newcastle District. She proudly told us that she has in the past supported clubs North Sydney Bears, Manly Warringah, and Balmain but since 2000 she has been a “one eyed” true Storm supporter and in the past has travelled many times to home games in Melbourne. It was no surprise to us when she told us that Billy Slater was her best player in the game.

Vicki was great company because of her courage, confidence and bright attitude to life. We presented her with a Men of League polo shirt in appreciation of her continued courage, support of rugby league and wished her a speedy return to good health. She was most thankful for our visit and gifts, wishing the Men of League continued success and growth.

By Ken Vessey, Welfare Coordinator Northern Sydney Committee

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