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What's North Queensland Toyota Cowboys forward Gavin Cooper’s guilty food pleasure after a match? How much water does he drink on a training day? How does he like his steak cooked?

These questions and more were answered this week when Cooper visited Wulguru State School as part of the Cowboys’ Adopt-a-School program, proudly sponsored by Stockland Townsville.

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

While visiting his adopted school this week, Cooper spoke to a combined Year 5/6 class about the benefits of healthy eating, sharing some of his dietary tips with the young Cowboys fans.

During the lively session, he revealed that he drinks about five litres of water during training days, is partial to a medium-rare steak and that he’ll partake in the odd fast food burger after game days.

“I think they (the students) were blown away by how much food I do eat to keep myself fit and healthy,” Cooper said.

“Everyone enjoys going out to the schools. You do get a little kick out of the kids being excited to see you come to the school.”

After the question-and-answer session, Cooper went out on to the school oval with the children for some PE, with fellow Cowboys Ethan Lowe (Cranbrook State Primary School), Ben Spina (Annandale State School) and Javid Bowen (Holy Spirit Catholic School) involved in similar visits.

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.

Cooper’s teammates Robert Lui (Weir State School) and Michael Morgan (The Marian School) have adopted the very schools they attended, while Cooper has had a long-time association with Wulguru.

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.

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