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Johnathan Thurston

Three-time winner of the prestigious Golden Boot award, and widely regarded as one of the greatest rugby players of all time.

After retiring from rugby, Johnathan started pursuing projects he felt passionate about – he sought to encourage young Australians to lead their best lives and enjoy success in education, sport and in their professional lives.

Through the Jonathan Thurston Academy, he aims to be a leader in employment initiatives and training programs aimed at health, wellbeing, sport and education across Australia. The academy specialises in developing high quality programs with the ultimate goal of making a positive impact on the future through equipping young people with these skills.

He sees his work as a way of reaching out to disadvantaged communities and youth and offering them ways forward to help them achieve and enjoy success whatever that may look like for each of them. Johnathan speaks directly from his sincere passion of this nation’s youth and his Indigenous culture. In doing so, this organically creates an experience that fosters group cohesion, community, shared responsibility, and a greater sense of self-belief and identity.

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