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We asked our Queenslandher State of Origin superstars your
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.
The Queenslandher Spirit
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.
Question: How have you found strength to rise above various challenges associated with the sport?
Tips to face the challenges in your life:
- Consider the bigger picture
- Break up challenges into smaller, manageable goals to work towards
- Identify your strengths and play to them
- Know when to ask for help
- Celebrate when you achieve your goals
Question: Do you have any game-day rituals?
Question: Rugby league’s such a rough and physical sport. Are you constantly afraid of injury?
Question: What music pumps you up before a game?
Question: What are some of your favourite ways to relax?
Easy tips to help to you relax:
- Exercise to any capacity – a yoga class, walk around the block, dancing etc.
- Take time out to find or practice a hobby you’re passionate about
- Try meditation or mindfulness activities like journaling
- Separate yourself from stresses in your life with friends, family, and other distractions
Question: What’s your proudest career moment?
Question: How do you find the motivation to exercise when you really don’t feel like it?
The Queenslandher Chant
Thank you to all the Queenslandhers who shared their voices. We had many loud and proud chant videos submitted as part of the chant competition, and our winner, Ciara, was especially passionate! On 25 June 2021, Queensland won the State of Origin 8-6. Queenslandher rung out through the stadium.
The Queenslandher spirit was well and truly in the air on game day, with signs, shirts, and the chant filling up the stadium. With palpable excitement and enthusiasm, fans cheered on the girls with the new twist on the famous chant. It was a memorable night for the team and fans alike with the maroons going on to an impressive win against the blues.
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 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.
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Last updated 10 February 2022