Townsville local Caitlin Keevers's passion for rugby league is undeniable, with the high school teacher working in and around the sport for over a decade.
Caitlin also grew up spending her weekends at rugby league grounds with her father and older brother who both had active roles with Townsville Brothers.
With a love for the game and a passion for sports science, Caitlin set out to become more involved, taking her first role as a first aid officer at just 14 years of age.
Since then, Caitlin has volunteered thousands of hours of her own time in various roles for clubs and school and semi-professional teams around Townsville – time that Caitlin sees as a privilege.
Currently Caitlin works as assistant to the strength and conditioning coach at the Townsville Blackhawks, a role which sees her recording player and GPS data to help ensure the team are preparing as best as possible, week in, week out.
Additionally, she has various roles with the Kirwan High School rugby league academy and played an active role in establishing a female program as part of the school's robust rugby league program.
"Rugby league has given me so many opportunities and I'm very grateful to everyone who's supported me," Caitlin said.
"The sport set me off on my sports science journey and it's also extremely rewarding on a personal level to help young people achieve their dreams.
"It's an exciting time for women involved in rugby league at all levels and I'm looking forward to seeing the first elite level women's comp take off later this year with the NRL Women's Premiership."
The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys thank Caitlin and all women involved in our great game for their contribution, as part of this week's Women in League Round.
Match: Cowboys v Broncos
Round 22 -
Venue: 1300SMILES Stadium