The Obe Geia Challenge – a popular junior rugby league carnival held at the Indigenous community of Palm Island – was developed by the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys to bring communities together.
The inaugural carnival in 2009 was hailed a great success, and there was overwhelming demand from schools to participate in 2010, with an increase from six to ten schools involved.
With support from All Stars Indigenous funding and partnerships with key stakeholders (including the Department of Communities – Sport and Recreation Services, PCYC Palm Island, QRL, ARL, Education Qld, Catholic Education and the Palm Island Council), this junior rugby league competition has been developed and coordinated with teams of 15 players aged 10-12 years.
The Cowboys and the event's supporting partners aim to bring communities together and promote the benefits of sport, fitness and healthy living.
The event is named after former Cowboys player Obe Geia, a Palm Island local, which helps to forge a strong connection with local juniors.
Date: Friday 19 October 2012
• The Marian Catholic School
• Rasmussen State School
• St Joseph's Catholic School
• Kelso State School
• Heatley State School
• Vincent State School
• Magnetic Island State School
• Bwgcolman Community School
• St Michael's Catholic School
• Good Shepherd Catholic Community School
• Shalom Christian College
Thank you to our partners for their ongoing contribution and support of this event!
• PCYC Palm Island
• Department of Communities (Sport & Recreation Services)
• NRL One Community
• Palm Island Council