Soldier and Jillaroo - Private Quinn representing Australia in two uniforms.
Private Talesha Quinn, from the Army’s 6th Combat Support Brigade, has been selected as one of 24 women in the Australian Women’s National Rugby League team – the Australian Jillaroos – with the team about to enter their training camp in the lead up to this year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup.
“This is a massive achievement and an absolute honour,” she said.
On 11th November Private Quinn will relocate with the team to Wollongong where she will continue to train through until the finals in Brisbane on December 2nd.
17 girls will be chosen per game over the three round games leading up to the semi and grand finals.
The round games will be held on the 16th, 19th and 22nd of November at Southern Cross Group Stadium (aka ‘Shark Park’) in Cronulla, Sydney, a stadium that Private Quinn considers her home ground.
Keen to promote women in sport and the healthy lifestyle choices that support and sustain all sportspersons, Private Quinn is a great spokesperson for all sportspersons, but admits there are some limitations for women in sports with role models difficult to find.
“I am possibly an exception as I have been so fortunate to be surrounded by some exceptional players, coaches and managers who are supporting me and fostering success. It truly reinforces how much this is about the team,” she said.
Women’s Rugby League has come a long way in the past few years with greater coverage and an increase in exposure in mainstream media.
“This year we have a first with live streaming on Seven throughout the World Cup event.
“The future looks bright for girls playing in Under 12s, 14s and 16s. By the time they come through the game will hopefully be even stronger and fully professional and with any luck wages equivalent to the male league stars.
“We need to foster this support and at the same time acknowledge those who are putting in the hard yards on the sidelines also.
“One of those sideline players is the Australian Defence Force. Army, in particular 6th Brigade, have supported me along the way to achieve not only my workplace goals but also my sporting goals,” she said.
Radio inteview with Private Quinn about her selection to the Jillaroo Squad.