HE is now well known for his Rudy’s Boxing empire, but as this photo shows, back in September 1979, Rodney Ryan was the model student.
This photo has Mr Ryan back in the classroom at Warrnambool West Primary School after returning from taking part in a Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne competition.
Mr Ryan, who was in grade six, was one of nine competitors, three girls and six boys, to make the final. He represented both the Warrnambool and Geelong regions.
The eventual winner of the competition came from Ballarat.
The competition was organised by UNICEF and was part of the International Year of the Child.
It was a big year for Mr Ryan who was also named as Warrnambool West Primary School’s Student of the Year.