THE CAPTAINS: Michael Hancock, Jessica Watson and Greg Ritchie.
THE CAPTAINS: Michael Hancock, Jessica Watson and Greg Ritchie. Matt Collins

Captains share laughs and tears in Kingaroy

A HUGE South Burnett audience enjoyed an emotional night at the Dinner with the Captains.

The packed house listened to the challenges, funny times and emotional stories from three of Australia's successful sporting stars at the event.

Former Brisbane Broncos' winger Michael Hancock, record-holding solo sailor, Jessica Watson and cricket star, Greg 'Fat Cat' Ritchie were the perfect guests for the annual dinner.

Held at Kingaroy's Town Hall, the sporting trio shared their sporting tales and the ups and downs of their journeys.

Hosted by South Burnett Relay for life patron and former Australian fast bowler Carl Rackemann, the captains spoke of their sporting successes, the failures and everything in between.

Broncos star Hancock talked about his early days when he first started on the professional arena.

He recalled his first moments playing for Queensland in the State of Origin and his first game playing for his country.

A moment he will possibly never forget, was when he was hit across the face in a tackle which broke his nose.

In a moment of rare vulnerability, it was this event which Hancock claims left him scared and not wanting to go back out on the rugby league field again.

Thankfully for all Broncos and Queensland fans, Hancock was able to overcome his fears and went on to continue his illustrious sporting career.

Solo around-the-world sailor Jessica Watson was only a teenager when she attempted her never-before completed voyage.

In her presentation, Watson spoke about the feelings of overwhelm she experienced when sailing into Sydney Harbour after her remarkable journey.

The ever-humble Watson even corrected the then prime minister Kevin Rudd who claimed she was "a hero".

Watson replied saying she wasn't a hero, but just "an ordinary girl who had a dream".

But it was former Australian batsman Greg Ritchie who left the room in stitches with his sporting antics.

Ritchie, who had been fairly quiet and bashful for the majority of the evening, certainly didn't hold back when it was his time behind the podium.

Lovingly known as 'Fat Cat', Ritchie entertained with a number of stories from his time as a professional cricketer in the 1980s.

Possibly the biggest roars of laughter came with his impersonation of fictional Indian cricket trainer, 'Mahatma Coat'.