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Ali Brigginshaw Leadher
Playing against the boys as a young girl was a challenge that Ali thrived on. Being constantly told that league wasn’t for girls makes her all the more proud to be where she is today; captaining the State of Origin team and leading the way for women in rugby league.
Tazmin Gray Challengher
Tazmin was no stranger to the rough and tumble of footy having grown up playing alongside her brothers, but because girls weren’t allowed to play beyond primary school, Tazmin’s had to challenge the perceptions, and underestimations of others to wear the jersey today.
Julia Robinson Fighther
Having dreamed of a career in sport but being told it’s not for girls, Julia wasn’t sure it would ever be possible. Filling a spot on the Defence Force rugby league team propelled her dream into reality. It hasn’t been easy, but Julia continues to fight to be able to play the sport she loves.
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When you go out onto the field with all of the girls, everyone’s emotions are heightened. I guess because we know the sacrifices we have made to get to this point.
– Julia Robinson
The Queenslandher Spirit
Game II, State of Origin 1995. The Blues were ahead at halftime.
The great Billy Moore yelled “Queenslander !” as he led the Maroons out of the tunnel and into the second half. Queensland went onto an iconic victory, and this contagious catchcry went on to define our state. It’s one word that single-handedly unites us, binds us together, and stirs our competitive spirit. It’s not just a word. It’s a feeling.
Fast-forward to today. Our women’s State of Origin team is starting to get the recognition they deserve. These women are among the strongest, healthiest and most tenacious in our state and here at Health and Wellbeing Queensland, we knew these players had stories to tell. They have sacrificed so much to be part of the team today. They’ve defied those who didn’t believe them or misperceived them. Instead of letting the doubt of others weigh them down, they managed to let it lift them up; they’ve carried it with them as a reason to push. As a reason to prove that women can succeed – in league, in the workplace, in life. They’ve stared adversity in the face and have risen above time and time again. And they’re experts at maintaining their own health and wellbeing. So we wanted to give these women a platform to share their stories and empower other women, girls and Queenslanders.
We wanted to give a new level of meaning to the word we heard Billy Moore yell all those years ago. Because these women aren’t just Queenslanders – they’re Queenslandhers.
The Queensland State of Origin women’s players have all made sacrifices to play the game they love. They are focussed – on their sport, their health, the role they have as ambassadors for the next generation of players, and they’re experts in maintaining their own health and wellbeing. From breathing in fresh air on a run to finding rhythm in a steady routine, these women work hard to make their own healthy happen. They’re the ultimate Queenslandhers, and here they share their stories.
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Last updated 19 August 2021