A journeyman makes his way back to rugby league and the NSW mining industry

April 29, 2018

The connection between the Newcastle Knights and our mining industry in NSW goes deeper than the jersey, which the players proudly wear on Voice for Mining Family Day.

Maddison Safety, a local Hunter Valley business of almost 30 years, is another great example of the shared passion, energy and pride our miners and footballers have in their communities.

Tim Maddison is Sales Manager at Maddison Safety, a company started by his father Keith. And Tim is as well known on mine sites across NSW today as he was in a rugby league jersey back in the 90s.

He started at the Knights, as part of the premiership winning reserve grade side in 1995, and then went on to the Sydney Roosters, Hunter Mariners, Cronulla Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys, and had a stint in France before one final season with the Newcastle Knights.

“I started a career in Newcastle with intentions of staying local, but we were such a strong club and I ended up becoming a bit of a journeyman playing at a heap of different clubs,” he said.

“My roots were always back here in Newcastle. It’s where it all started and the 95 reserve grade win with a bunch of guys out of the local comp was a pretty amazing thing.”

Now Tim is part of our industry and the people he met playing football are a big part of his network now.  

“I’m dealing with guys on mine sites now that I played footy with when I was younger. A lot of their fathers were coal miners or in the mining industry so it was always very prevalent

throughout my football career and only natural to come back to it when I retired from the game.”

And he is a big supporter of the Voice for Mining partnership between the NSW Minerals Council and the Newcastle Knights.  

“I think it is fantastic. And I love the jersey. It represents the Knights but it also represents the region and the people really well too.

“It’s such a great club to be involved with and it’s a great industry to be involved with. I meet people every week that are passionate miners and they’re also passionate Knights supporters. Crib rooms are certainly a lot brighter with some of the results coming through.

“I’m part of the old boys committee and I see the database of the old players that have come through the club since day one and gee, there must 20-30 percent of the guys tied up in the industry and that’s great.”

In 2018, Maddison Safety and Paramount Safety are proudly partnering with the NSW Minerals Council to provide thousands of hi-vis vests for mining families and Knights fans to wear at the game and show they support the Knights in hi-vis and our NSW mining community.

“It’s always a proud moment for all of us within the business when we see everyone getting around the stadium with the vests on. Paramount Safety is our partner in this and they are a big supporter of the mining industry too.

“The thing that gets me personally is Kay and Keith, my Mum and Dad, have been ticket holders since day one and they’re so chuffed to see our name associated with such a great event.”


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