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2017 NRL - Grant Trouville © NRL Photos

The contribution of inspirational North Queensland Toyota Cowboys co-captain and Indigenous mentor Johnathan Thurston has been recognised among a field of respected Queenslanders in Brisbane tonight, with JT announced as Queensland Australian of the Year.

JT was one of four finalists for the prestigious award, joined by Rochelle Courtenay (homeless women’s advocate), Dr Glenn Gardner (pioneering maternal fetal surgeon) and Paul White (CEO, Brisbane Broncos) in a diverse field of service and achievement.

JT's Queensland Australian of the Year 2018 profile at pays tribute to his talent, dedication and compassion. 

"He is known as the best player in Rugby League, but Johnathan Thurston is also one of the most giving. 

"Johnathan’s qualities of humility, sportsmanship, leadership and loyalty are admired both on the football field and off, making him an inspiring role model for Indigenous people and a great Australian."

He now takes his place in a cohort of 32 State and Territory recipients from around Australia in the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2018.

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.