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A Journey to Palm Island: Obe Geia Challenge 2021

Over 300 students, teachers, parents and Palm Island community members celebrated National Reconciliation Week together, at the annual Obe Geia Challenge on Palm Island.  11 schools from Townsville travelled to Palm Island to join the two local schools and enjoy a great day of primary school rugby league action.

Presented by Evolution Mining with the collaboration and support of SeaLink Queensland and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, all students were able to participate in the rugby league carnival at no cost. 

 The skill and sportsmanship on display did not disappoint. Congratulations to Rasmussen State School, this year's winning team!

Ray Thompson and Gavin Cooper from the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys were joined by the Evolution Mining team and Palm Island's own former Cowboy player and competition namesake Obe Geia to cheer the teams on and present the trophies and medals at the end of the day. 

Games were officiated by referees from Kirwan High School and Ignatius Park College. 

Thank you to everyone who played and helped make the Obe Geia Challenge a success this year! 

The 2021 Obe Geia Challenge was made possible with the support of the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships through the Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants 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.