The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys took their training off the field and out of the gym this week when players and coaches were let loose on Townsville for a team-building exercise with a difference.
The Cowboys’ Seek in the City challenge grouped the NRL squad and staff into six teams for a treasure hunt around the North Queensland city, involving some 9km of running interspersed with teamwork challenges, quiz questions and decision-making tasks.
Organised by Seek in the City’s Martin McDonough, Clayton Cook and Ross Penrose, the afternoon included players having to make impromptu coffees on The Strand for customers, a very public performance of the Taylor Swift hit Shake It Off, plus a heady run up Castle Hill littered with questions and background info.
There was also a seek-and-find mission at Jezzine Barracks, a potted history of the Port of Townsville from chairman Pat Brady, and a teamwork exercise involving an 'electric' fence, lots of water and a ping-pong ball.
The afternoon also involved the Cowboys’ wider staff, who acted as marshals and officials for the challenges.
The Seek in the City challenge was organised to fit in with the Cowboys’ round 14 bye this weekend, before a return to preparations for the away game against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday 20 June.