Melbourne Storm centre Justin Olam had an impressive NRL comeback against the Broncos in the last round after a five-week absence from the team. Olam, who had been struggling with injuries earlier in the season, was sent back by coach Craig Bellamy to regain his confidence and form with the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Hostplus Cup. While many players may have been discouraged by this setback, Olam remained resilient and understood the importance of prioritising life outside of football.
Olam expressed the significance of his recent trip back to his native Papua New Guinea (PNG) to visit his mother, Evelyn. Their bond is incredibly strong, and Olam acknowledged that his absence from NRL matches would worry and upset his mother. To ease her concerns, he felt the need to reassure her in person, which led to his decision to return home and spend time with her.
During his visit, Olam shared his reassurance with his mother, letting her know that everything was going well for him. The trip not only provided emotional support for Olam’s mother, but it also allowed him to reconnect with his roots and gain clarity and perspective on his life and career.
Olam’s commitment to his family and his understanding of the bigger picture in life is commendable. He acknowledges that rugby league is just one aspect of his existence, and his love for his mother motivated him to take the time off and prioritize her well-being.
Now, with his mind and heart refreshed, Olam is ready to make a significant impact for the Storm and contribute to their success for the remainder of the NRL season. His return to the team brings an added sense of excitement and confidence to both himself and his teammates, eager to see him back in action on the field.
Despite the challenges Olam has faced this season, his determination and resilience shine through. He has used this setback as an opportunity for growth, both personally and professionally, and has demonstrated the importance of balancing one’s responsibilities and passions. As the NRL season continues, fans can look forward to witnessing Olam’s renewed focus and determination as he strives to make a valuable contribution to the Storm‘s campaign.