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North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ premiership-winning lock Jason Taumalolo took a welcome break from a brutal first week at pre-season training when he cooled off with St Joseph’s Mundingburra students on Thursday.

Taumalolo joined the students for a fun day at Kokoda Pool as part of the club’s Adopt-a-School program, proudly supported by Stockland.

“I enjoy spending time with the kids. They always look forward to having a Cowboy at their school” – Jason Taumalolo.

“With my school, St Joseph’s Mundingburra, I love spending time with them … the weather’s been not great up here recently so this day at the pool is the perfect way for everyone to cool off,” Taumalolo said.

Taumalolo certainly appreciated the chance to beat the heat with a swim after spending the past four days in full training mode, as the club welcomed back all 17 members of the 2015 grand final-winning team.

The Cowboys will train for three more weeks before Christmas, returning to pre-season training in early January.

Adopt-a-School is the Cowboys’ cornerstone community program, reinvesting in the Townsville and district school community.

It was established as a long-term social commitment to North Queensland school communities, and gives participating schools the chance to use their 'adopted' Cowboy as a role model for their students.

The 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, sports clinics, presentation nights and school assemblies throughout 2015.

Shine Lawyers are the proud supporters of St Joseph’s Mundingburra’s Adopt-a-School program.

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.