It looks like Touch Football is about to produce another potential Rugby League star, with the Northern Territory’s former Under 18 representative player Michael Fairweather, chosen for the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns squad for 2005. Michael and his family are from Katherine, although he has been boarding in Yeppoon for the past two years and represented Central Queensland at the recent National 18 Years Championships. His brother Willy has also represented the Northern Territory at the Under 18 Championships and the Barbarians (combined NT and WA side) in the Mixed division at the National Touch League. No doubt all involved with Touch Football wish Michael all the best as he follows in the footsteps of other players such as Benji Marshall, Joe Williams and Matt Bowen, all past Touch representatives creating a name for themselves in Rugby League. While we hope he continues to excel in the sporting arena, we are also hopeful that we will see him back on the Touch field in the not-to-distant future! Please note: The following story comes from the Queensland Rugby League Website, www.qrl.com.au : NORTH Queensland speedsters Matt Bowen, Matt Sing and Ty Williams could be left choking on dust in future years, with the Cowboys’ set to unveil one of the code’s fastest talents. Plucked from Katherine in the Northern Territory, Michael Fairweather will join the club at the end of the year, following the completion of his studies. Presently attending school at St Brendan’s Yeppoon, 18-year-old Fairweather created a frenzy of excitement on the weekend when he beat Olympic sprint hopeful Wagui Anau in a 100m scratch race. Anau, 26, himself a former rugby league player, boasts a personal best over the distance of 9.94sec wind-assisted. The untimed race between the pair was a highlight of the two-day Ted Mosby Memorial Indigenous Challenge in Cairns. Initially, Fairweather’s pace came to the attention of the Cowboys at a pre-season development camp, when school teacher Terry Hansen bet $10 his student could beat all comers. Cowboys officials Peter Jones, Adrian Thomson and Dave Roberts placed their hard-earned on a more well-credentialed athlete, but came up with empty pockets. “The first time they raced, Michael won by about 10m,” laughs Hansen. “The others were complaining that their runner didn’t get a fair start so we re-ran the race. I think he beat him by 12m the second time and I collected.” Originally placed on a scholarship, Fairweather had his status upgraded after an impressive performance at the 2004 Confraternity Shield. St Brendan’s walked away as champions of the prestigious carnival and Fairweather was ear-marked for the North Queensland Young Guns squad of 2005. His accomplishments have an undeniable fairytale ring about them. Back in Katherine, Fairweather’s father was one 50 police responsible for a 22,500 sq km district, roughly 20 times the size of Brisbane. Michael’s ticket to the Eastern Seaboard came when good friend Mitch Jones was recruited by St Brendan’s and requested that he be able to take a friend. In the long run, the school was forced to release Jones, while Fairweather went on to make the most of his opportunities. Even for this year’s Confraternity success, the team undertook special fund-raising to get their cash-strapped speedster his ticket to Townsville. “He was selected in the Capricornia athletics team for just about everything as well, but he chose not to go to that because of his financial background,” says teacher Hansen. “It’s funny to think he came here by mistake. His mate brings him and he’d probably played two games of rugby league before in his life. “Michael’s been like a duck to water; just learning, learning, learning. Here’s a kid with not much money and he’ll be on $25,000 in his first year out of school.” Prior to the weekend’s victory against Anau, Hansen timed Fairweather running 11.1sec into a headwind, on grass, wearing sneakers. Story written by QRL.
Are you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the positions of State Operations Manager in our Tasmanian office and Competitions and Events Coordinator in our Western Australian office. State Operations Manager – Tasmania Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) are seeking suitably qualified applicants for the unique key leadership position of State Operations Manager – Tasmania, to be based in Hobart.Touch Football Australia’s mission is to lead Touch Football and develop the dynamic sport to the position of Australia’s leading community sport. Rugby League is the Greatest Game of All with a vision to be the most entertaining, most engaging and most respected sport.With reporting line to the TFA General Manager, Sport Operations the successful candidate will be employed by TFA, yet actively represent both organisations across Tasmania linking into NRL Victoria Operations. The ideal candidate for the role will have the following knowledge, skills and qualifications:· Tertiary qualifications in sport management or related field are desirable · Demonstrated success as a leader in sports program delivery and competition management · Sound understanding of either or both Touch Football and Rugby League and the structures and needs of the TFA and NRL community· Excellent written and oral communication skills supported by interpersonal skills of a high order· Proven experience working with volunteers in a non-profit environment · Demonstrated experience and skills to work within a specific budget, operational plans and strategic plans · Experience in working in a diverse team to achieve planned outcomes· Demonstrated ability to consistently display customer services principles, practices and attributes · Demonstrated computer literacy and competence in particular excel and database tools · Demonstrated initiative and self-management For further information or to lodge your application (CV and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria) to Marianne Maguire, TFA General Manager Sport Operations via email address [email protected] or call 026212 2800. Applications will close Sunday, 15 November 2015 at 9.00pm (AEDST). Competitions and Events Coordinator – Western Australia Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the position of Competitions and Events Coordinator – Western Australia, based in our Perth branch office. Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm (WST) on Friday, 13 November 2015. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] To view the Position Descriptions for the respective jobs, please click on the attachments below. Related Filespd_sops_state_operations_manager__tasmania_2015_-pdfpd_sops_cec-pdfRelated LinksPositions Vacant