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- North Queensland Cowboys
- Rugby League
- New Zealand Kiwis
- International League
Jason Taumalolo is a current professional Rugby League footballer who captains and plays as a lock and second-row forward for the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL. Taumalolo has represented Tonga, New Zealand and the NRL All-Stars and was awarded Dally M Player of the Year in 2016, and Dally M Lock of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2018. He was the youngest player to ever debut for the Cowboys, being 17 years old. Taumalolo is contracted with the North Queensland Cowboys until the end of the 2027 season.
Jason Taumalolo’s career highlights
Captains of North Queensland Cowboys
Dally M Medal: 2016
Rugby League Players Association Player of the Year: 2016
Rugby League Week Player of the Year: 2016
Dally M Lock of the Year: 2015, 2016, 2018
Paul Bowman Medal: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
North Queensland Cowboys Players' Player of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018
North Queensland Cowboys Member's Player of the Year: 2016, 2019
Lock for NRL All Stars: 2015
North Queensland Cowboys Rookie of the Year: 2012
North Queensland Cowboys NYC Player of the Year: 2010, 2011
NYC Team of the Year: 2011
Rugby League Players Association NYC Player of the Year: 2011
Jason Taumalolo personal interests
Outside of rugby, Taumalolo has an interest in basketball and has expressed his support of the NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets.
Taumalolo is of Tongan descent and was born in Auckland, New Zealand, moving to Townsville, Queensland when he was 13. He frequently honours his culture by participating in community events and celebrating holidays and traditions.
Jason Taumalolo on mental health
Taumalolo has been public about the importance of mental health and wellbeing within the sporting community. He released an article with Athletes Voice ‘If the mind doesn’t want it, the body won’t follow’. Within the article he spoke on his own experience with mental wellbeing and how he dealt with it. He speaks on having the right mindset, having someone to talk to and hold you accountable, and the importance of feeling at home. His experience of moving from New Zealand to Australia was the major influence of his decrease in mental wellbeing but shares how he was able to overcome this and continue on to have a majorly successful career.
This would be an inspiring subject matter to discuss with an audience with Jason Taumololo as a guest speaker. He has gone through the experience, learning along the way and is now able to explain how he was feeling and his solution to influence others in bringing awareness to seek or be someone’s support and to speak up and find help.
New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Worldwide, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory
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