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Adopt-a-School | Rory Kostjasyn

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys utility Rory Kostjasyn took time out from a busy training schedule this week to visit students at Mount Louisa’s Calvary Christian College as part of the club’s Adopt-a-School program.

Proudly supported by Stockland, Adopt-a-School pairs Cowboys players with Townsville and district primary schools and this week Kostjasyn, who has been involved with Calvary since he joined the club in 2013, helped the school’s budding rugby league players with some training drills.

“It’s always good fun coming out here. We come out once a month and it’s a really good initiative the club does. I’ve been coming here for three years now and always look forward to it,” he said.

The premiership-winning hooker said the question he gets asked the most is if he’s friends with JT (Johnathan Thurston)!

“I get that every three questions or so,” he joked.

Kostjasyn was one of a number of Cowboys players to visit their Adopt-a-Schools this week, with John Asiata, Kalyn Ponga (The Cathedral School), Gavin Cooper (Wulguru State School) and Jason Taumalolo (St Joseph’s Mundingburra) among those joining in on the educational fun.

Adopt-a-School was established as a long-term social commitment to North Queensland school communities, and gives participating schools the opportunity to utilise their 'adopted' Cowboy as a role model for their students.

The Toyota Cowboys make over 650 visits to North Queensland schools each year and have been involved in a variety of school community activities, including curriculum activities, sporting clinics, presentation nights and school assemblies.