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"Rugby league has been a huge part of the Indigenous culture of the First Nations people for as long as I can remember. The former Australia, Queensland and North Queensland halfback - one of the most loved and respected figures in the game having hung up his boots last year - has been a proud Indigenous advocate throughout his entire career. 37 Year Old Rugby Player #1. [131] On 3 November 2015, Johnathan and Samantha 'eloped' to Hamilton Island to marry in a private ceremony with their daughters and parents present. In 2018, Thurston founded and launched the Johnathan Thurston Academy (JTAcademy) of which is he now the Managing Director. Johnathan Thurston Fans Also Viewed . This page was last edited on 22 October 2020, at 10:40. Johnathan Thurston started his career at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2002, where he won the 2004 NRL premiership, before moving to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2005, playing in that year's grand final. Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald. [33], As Thurston entered his third year with the Cowboys in the 2007 NRL season, he was appointed the Captain of the team following the retirement of Travis Norton. Alan Clarkson Trophy:3 2015 [38] Thurston played in 25 matches, scored 10 tries and kicked 78 goals for the Cowboys in the 2007 season. [62] In Game 1 of the 2010 State of Origin series, Thurston was named man-of-the-match in Queensland's 28–24 victory, giving him a total of three Origin man-of-the-match awards. I think if we can start doing that more at a school level and really opening up our eyes to the rest of the country about how bad it was and how far we've come as a culture, a lot of people might have a different view of the First Nations people.". Taurus. But his journey began on the ovals of Acacia Ridge State where, according to Crowley, he was always destined for greatness. IT HAS been almost 20 years since Johnathan Thurston last dazzled his classmates as a prodigious rugby league talent at Acacia Ridge State School. Thurston was rewarded for a fantastic 2011 season with the Golden Boot Award. . [130] In March 2015 the pair welcomed their second daughter Charlie Grace Thurston. [89][90] Thurston also broke the 31-year-old record of Mick Cronin, passing the record of 309 test points for the Kangaroos. When asked about the toughest times in his life at the book launch, Thurston reflected on how difficult it was to write about that family tragedy. "While we've made a lot of great steps in moving forward we've still got a long way to go," the Nine commentator and father of four said. Following Queensland's 22–6 win over New South Wales in Game 3 of the 2017 State of Origin Series, captain Cameron Smith invited Thurston to lift the Origin Shield with him in Thurston's send-off from State of Origin competition. Sorry but this browser is no longer supported. [14] As a specialist in the halves, Thurston was behind established Canterbury halves pairing Brent Sherwin and Braith Anasta and many of his critics still believed he was still too small in stature to be competitive in the NRL. While that part of my life was tough it made me more resilient and more determined to achieve my dream.". Thurston broke the record for most points in State of Origin history during the 2015 State of Origin Series. Thurston celebrates after winning Origin game one.Credit:Getty Images. Thurston later returned for the Cowboys in Round 23 against the Brisbane Broncos at Dairy Farmers Stadium, The Cowboys were defeated 34–16 in Broncos legend Darren Lockyer’s record breaking 350th career match. Queensland won game 2 in a close one with Thurston injuring his shoulder but scoring the winning points by kicking a goal to convert a late try. Rugby League World Golden Boot Award: 2011, 2013, 2015 [26] At club level Thurston was awarded the Halfback of the Year award and the prestigious Dally M Medal as the 2005 NRL season's Player of the Year, helping North Queensland to the 2005 NRL Grand Final, the first for the club. Arthur Beetson Medal: 2017 It was fitting that his autobiography was launched at Suncorp Stadium, where Thurston created so many wonderful memories in a Maroons jersey in his stellar career. "We've still got a long way to go. Thurston played 24 matches, scored 3 tries, kicked 90 goals and kicked 1 field goal for the Cowboys in the 2012 NRL season. [24] Thurston's return to Queensland proved to be a major turning point in his career. "There's obviously been a lot of trouble up there, so to all the students there, I just want you to believe in yourselves and keep turning up to school.". [108] On 28 September 2015, at the 2015 Dally M Awards, Thurston won the 2015 Dally M Player of the Year by a record margin of 11 points. Johnathan Thurston says his one regret, now his rugby league career is over, is that he did not push himself at school. [13] Thurston scored 2 from 7 games tries in his debut season. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also visited the school and held community meetings. "When I went to school, while we celebrated NAIDOC week we didn't really learn about the history of Australia or the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Votes are in: The Greatest Blues, Maroons teams of all, 'It is up to him now': Bennett challenges Hess to repay faith, Thurston voted best Churchill Medal winner for 2015 heroics, Cooper thanks partner in havoc JT for 'great part of my life', Thurston thanks Green for turning Cowboys into winners, You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content. Johnathan Thurston sends message to kids from Aurukun school after Origin win By Georgina Mitchell Updated June 2, 2016 — 7.06am first published June 1, 2016 — 11.13pm Please note: Due to the vast amount of accolades won by Thurston, this is just a summary of his major award wins. Rugby Players. [8] According to Thurston's manager, Sam Ayoub, a number of the clubs were not even willing to take him for free. [45] In the deciding match of the 2008 State of Origin series in game three, Thurston set up a try for Billy Slater which would ultimately win the game and the series for Queensland 16–10 at ANZ Stadium. [17] As Price had initially housed and mentored him upon his arrival in Sydney, Thurston gave his premiership ring to Price as a thank you. In addition, he was also awarded 2015 Dally M Halfback of the Year and, along with Cowboys co-captain Matthew Scott, the Dally M Captain of the Year. Five teachers have refused to return to the school over fears for their safety, after the principal was allegedly attacked for the second time in two weeks by teenagers who stole his car while wielding knives and machetes. Thurston returned to the Cowboys at the beginning of the new season, finally playing his 300th match in Round 1 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks after missing the back end of the 2017 season. [84] In Round 3 against the Newcastle Knights, Thurston played his 200th NRL career match in the Cowboys 34–6 loss at Hunter Stadium. Preston Campbell Medal:7 2010, 2017 Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. "While we're progressing, having an impact and are visible now, Aboriginal people being represented in positions of decision making and at the top in a lot of organisations and sporting bodies ... we're not there yet," Mr Widders said.

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