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Toyota Cowboy Antonio Winterstein helped to honour some of the high achievers at St Joseph’s School - The Strand when he made his monthly Cowboys Adopt-a-School visit today.

Thanks to program sponsor Stockland, Winterstein was the special guest at morning assembly and presented awards to regional school athletics placegetters, students of the week in each class and three special Cowboys awards.

This is his third season as the school's adopted Cowboy.

While the Cowboys winger was at St Joseph’s, the remainder of the Cowboys’ NRL squad were at their allocated schools throughout the Townsville region for their August visits.

Matthew Wright focused on reading with the year ones at Belgian Gardens State School, Patrick Kaufusi talked about the importance of warming up before exercise with students at Railway Estate State School, Anthony Mitchell spoke about the importance of maintaining a good diet and making the most of extra-curricular school activities at Ryan Catholic School’s assembly, and Matt Scott joined in on some spelling games at Heatley State School.

The Adopt-a-School program ties in with the NRL’s Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well health initiative which aims to use the profile of rugby league to influence school-aged children to make positive choices on their health and well-being.

Schools that have signed up to be part of Adopt-a-School design activities for their monthly player visits that match the Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well theme.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.