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Chad’s captaincy set in stone at stadium

The future of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys was set in literal stone today, with Co-Captain Chad Townsend honoured on a commemorative paver on the ‘Captains Walk’ at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Cowboys CEO Jeff Reibel said Chad had made a ‘tremendous mark’ on the squad since signing for the 2022 season.

“In his short time with the squad he’s become a beacon of leadership for our young and seasoned athletes alike, as well as the Cowboys community.”

“It’s a pleasure to see club history in the making led by exceptionally talented leaders like Chad and Jason at the helm, which we’ve captured for posterity today on a Captains Walk paver.”

Chad joined Co-Captain Jason Taumalolo and other club greats such as Jonathan Thurston, Michael Morgan and Laurie Spina as a Captains Walk honouree.

Located at the southern exterior plaza of Queensland Country Bank Stadium, the Captains Walk features pavers engraved with the names of past and present Cowboys captains as well as foundation supporters.

“The laying of pavers on the Captains Walk is symbolic of our club’s legacy to pave the way for young athletes to pursue careers in North Queensland,” Jeff said.

“This is the cornerstone on which the Cowboys was created - strengthened just last week with our approval to enter a National Rugby League Women’s (NRLW) squad in the 2023 premiership,” Jeff said

“With this in mind, the NRLW squad captain will also be acknowledged on a paver when the season arrives next year, taking her place with Jason and Chad on the Captains Walk.”

For a limited time, organisations and individuals who donate $1,500 or more to the Cowboys women’s development program can also be recognised on a paver.

To be recognised on a paver, tax deductible donations should be made via the Australian Sports Foundation by 30 June.

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.