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Embracing big moves in life

The newest North Queensland Toyota Cowboy Ben Hampton knows all too well how daunting making a big move can be.

But the 24-year-old Mareeba boy – who has made the shift north to link with the Cowboys after several years in Melbourne – says big moves in life can be positive.

The speedy utility today took time out from pre-season training with his new teammates to talk to Year Six students at Oonoonba State School, with the class on the verge of making their own big move into high school.

The Cowboys recruit was at Oonoonba as part of the club’s Adopt-a-School program, proudly supported by Stockland Townsville.

“I made my first big move from country New South Wales to Mareeba when I was 11, “ Hampton said.

“Then at 18, I left the family home for Melbourne where I spent four years before coming here just recently.

“Change can be scary, but I always made new friends wherever I went, so for these students, it’s important to embrace new experiences and not be overawed by them.”

After speaking to the students about change and taking questions, Hampton joined in for a good old-fashioned game of dodgeball with the students.


The visit was one of several Adopt-a-School activities held across Townsville this week, which included:

  • Patrick Mago receiving Christmas cards from Aitkenvale State School students
  • New recruit Shane Wright presenting Calvary Christian College students with sports awards
  • Javid Bowen helping out with Christmas crafts at Holy Spirit School
  • Ray Thompson participating in a 'scooter board rally' with Shalom Christian College students
  • Patrick Kaufusi reading with Year One students at Railway Estate State School

Adopt-a-School is the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys' cornerstone community program, reinvesting in the Townsville and district school community.

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