He was the 2008 Wally Lewis medalist for State of Origin player of the series. Also in 2015, Thurston co-captained the North Queensland Cowboys, along with teammate Matt Scott, to their inaugural NRL Premiership. After the series, the Cowboys hit a mid-year slump and Thurston dislocated his knee in Round 20. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also visited the school and held community meetings. "While we're progressing, having an impact and are visible now, Aboriginal people being represented in positions of decision making and at the top in a lot of organisations and sporting bodies ... we're not there yet," Mr Widders said. However, after snatching victory in a dramatic round 4 win over the Melbourne Storm, the Cowboys began their club record 11 game winning streak,[104] with Thurston winning multiple Man of the Match awards in the process. Thurston was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, to a Gunggari (Indigenous Australian) mother and a New Zealand-born father. "I think I realised that a lot of people were really struggling out there and needed help. He failed to recover in-time for State of Origin game 1; but he returned from injury in round 14, in the Cowboys 32–6 win over the Eels. Also in 2008, he was named as halfback of the Australian Aboriginal team of the century. In the book, Thurston also reveals how as a youth he had wanted to play for the Broncos - where Lockyer was a star - but that the club had shown no interest. Since 2008, Thurston has been in a relationship with Samantha Lynch. In retirement, his focus on the plight of his people has only sharpened. [34] Thurston was again selected to play for the Australian national team at halfback in the 2007 Anzac Test match against New Zealand, kicking 5 goals from 6 attempts in the Kangaroos' 30–6 victory at Suncorp Stadium. Five teachers have refused to return to the school over fears for their safety, after the principal was allegedly attacked for the second time in two weeks by teenagers who stole his car while wielding knives and machetes. Sorry but this browser is no longer supported. [72][73][74] This was the 21st consecutive Origin match played by Thurston since his debut in Game I 2005, breaking one of his teammates' records in Cameron Smith who played 19 consecutive Origins from his debut in Game III 2003. Thurston was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, to a Gunggari (Indigenous Australian) mother and a New Zealand-born father. [113], On 22 February 2016, Thurston was part of the North Queensland side that competed in the 2016 World Club Challenge against Super League champions Leeds, starting at halfback, scoring a try and kicked 5 goals in the Cowboys' 36–4 victory and he was named the man of the match, being awarded the Graham Murray Medal. [118], At the 2016 Dally M Awards, Thurston was nominated for four awards including; Captain of the Year, Representative of the Year, Halfback of the Year and Provan Summons Medalist.

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