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The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ popularity in Papua New Guinea was proudly on display recently with the donation of training shirts to use as incentives in a military training course.

Townsville-based 1RAR Physical Training Instructor Sgt Dale Gormann – who put the Cowboys under-20s National Youth Competition team through a boot camp in December, 2014 – helped deliver an Initial Employment Training course for members of PNG’s 1st Royal Pacific Island Regiment.

The Cowboys donated 10 NYC training shirts to Sgt Gormann to distribute as rewards for course participants, a donation gratefully received.

“NRL is like a religion in PNG. Nearly all the PNG defence force we worked with were Cowboys supporters,” Sgt Gormann said.

“The training singlets were a huge morale boost for the students and the perfect item to strive towards receiving.

"Rest assured there will be a handful of PNG defence force personnel wearing the singlets proudly for years to come in and around Port Moresby.”

Main image (L-R): CPL Oksea (Most Outstanding NCO Instructor), PTE J. Ageva (Student of Merit), PTE S Akela (Best at Physical Training Female), PTE G. Yombon (Top Shot award), PTE L. Mesulam (Best at Physical Training award Male). [Not pictured: PTE J. Weiba – Trainees and Instructors Choice award.]

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