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Jonathan Thurston

Jonathan Thurston

Sportsperson of the Year

Jonathan Thurston is a rugby league superstar and is a Gungarri man from south-west Queensland.In 2006, Jonathan made his international debut for the Australian rugby league team, and won his first State of Origin with the Queensland side.

He was appointed captain of the North Queensland Cowboys in 2007, captained the Indigenous All Stars in 2011 and has been named in the Indigenous Team of the Century.

Off the field, Jonathan engages with school students through the Cowboys’ education-focused community programs, to promote positive messages about staying in school and working hard.

He strives to make a positive difference in people’s lives and believes that education plays an important role in closing the gap.

Jonathan is held in the highest regard by his fellow players, fans and community alike.

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