LEGENDARY: Johnathan Thurston is bringing his JTAcademy to the Balonne Shire.
LEGENDARY: Johnathan Thurston is bringing his JTAcademy to the Balonne Shire. CATHY FRIEL

Youth to the front when legendary JT heads west

RUGBY LEAGUE legend Johnathan Thurston is heading west this month to celebrate and encourage the region's youth.

Thurston and his team from the JTAcademy will deliver workshops to primary and high school students from around the Balonne Shire from August 26-28, designed to build self-esteem, confidence and belief in themselves.

As the academy's managing director, Thurston said he was excited to head to the southwest.

"Students will undertake the academy's JTSucceed and JTBelieve programs, both designed to encourage students to stay at school, value an education and believe they can be successful in a career of their choosing with the right support,” he said.

"We are really looking forward to visiting the community and talking directly with the kids as part of these exciting programs.”

The program, in partnership with the Balonne Shire Council, works on a number of key youth issues in conjunction with the extended community.

"I'm also looking forward to getting out and meeting with as many residents of the area, who I know have been doing it tough of late,” he said. Mayor Richard Marsh said the news of Thurston's impending visit had the town excited.

"In these hard times of drought, a visit by someone such as JT is just what is needed to lift the spirits in our community,” he said.

"The work of the JTAcademy is renowned for helping youth, and I'm sure our younger residents will really enjoy the workshops.”

There will be a meet and greet with Thurston at Rowden Park, school workshops, a fund-raising dinner and motivational sessions. Keep checking balonnebeacon.com.au


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