The Obe Geia Challenge was established in 2009 by the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys to bring communities together and promote the importance of inclusion in North Queensland.
Hosted by the remote Indigenous community of Palm Island, this hugely popular event has grown to include 12 local and mainland teams of 15 players aged 10-12 years.
Named after former Cowboys player and Palm Island local Obe Geia, the carnival promotes the benefits of sport, fitness and healthy living and grassroots rugby league and also aims to increase positive attitudes and behaviours and reduce truancy.
Participation in the carnival is at no cost to the students, their families or their school and provides an incentive for students to regularly attend school so that they can be eligible to participate in the event.
The day is enjoyed by all involved and features a strong cultural education component, with students having the opportunity to experience first-hand the beauty of Palm Island, its people and their culture.
With the ongoing support from the NRL and partnerships with key stakeholders Dreamtime Training and the Palm Island Council, this junior rugby league competition has grown to become an event that students aspire to be involved in.
2016 CARNIVAL: Friday 9 September, Palm Island
• Marian Catholic School
• Rasmussen State School
• St Joseph's Catholic School
• Kelso State School
• Vincent State School
• Magnetic Island State School
• Bwgcolman Community School
• St Michael's Catholic School
• Good Shepherd Catholic Community School
• The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James Townsville