Robbie Fowler cuddles Tinkerbell the koala at Streets Beach, Brisbane, cruises along the Brisbane River on a CityCat, gets interviewed at New Farm Park, Brisbane, cuddles a baby wombat named Whispa and finally learns to surf at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.
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: QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA.Nursing a baby wombat, cuddling a celebrity-loving koala and learning to surf were all in a day’s work for Liverpool FC ambassador and club legend Robbie Fowler during a visit to Queensland this week ahead of the team’s upcoming game in Brisbane.
Robbie, one of the club’s legendary players, nicknamed “God” by his fans, was part of the advance guard for the team, who will play against hometown team the Brisbane Roar on July 17 in what is expected to be a capacity crowd for the city’s Suncorp Stadium.
As part of his visit, Robbie met celebrity-cuddling koala Tinkerbell, who has also been cuddled by professional sports players such as Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori and Petra Kvitova.
“I managed to meet a little girl before and her name’s Tinkerbell and she was a koala” Robbie says. “Apparently she has met a famous sportsman before in Roger Federer. Roger has asked her out but apparently he’s got nothing on this RF. So I’m hoping to be seeing a little bit more of her.”
Now that he’s retired from professional football, Robbie has had more time to tick off some the things he has wanted to do in Queensland – including learning how to surf at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast and getting up close and personal with local wildlife, including Tinkerbell, and 14 month baby wombat Whispa.
Despite some initial apprehension at the prospect of surfing, Robbie quickly gained confidence and skill.
“I loved it, it was brilliant and I’m glad I did it,'” he says.
“I’ve got so much more time and admiration for the teachers and surfers because it’s very, very difficult. And you know what, the short spell I was on the board, I really enjoyed it and I’ll be back and definitely give it another go.”
The English Premier League giants, Liverpool FC, will tour Australia in July, kicking off their campaign in Queensland for the first time ever.
Robbie named the top three things he liked about Brisbane.
“I think number one certainly is the weather, number two, I think the people.
“[Brisbane] has probably some of the friendliest people, not just in Australia but all over the world. I think they make you, or anyone who visits here, very, very welcome.
“And number three is that slowly but surely [Brisbane’s] getting to be a little bit of a hub for all sport, your cricket’s here, your rugby league’s here, AFL’s here, the Asian Cup’s just been here, and more importantly, the Liverpool team’s going to visit here in July so I’m looking forward to that, spending a little bit more time here and seeing a bit more sports.”
Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) Chief Executive, Leanne Coddington, says Liverpool FC is one of the world’s greatest football institutions and securing the match further built on Brisbane’s reputation as a premier events destination.
“High-profile events such as this play an important role in enhancing Queensland’s tourism profile and TEQ is proud to support Liverpool FC’s tour,” Ms Coddington said today.
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For more information about Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: http://www.koala.net/
For more information on Dreamworld: www.dreamworld.com.au
For more information on Tourism and Events Queensland: http://teq.queensland.com/
For more information on Get Wet Surf School: http://getwetsurf.com.au