Kingfishers highlights different pathway to Women's NRL
The support for women and girls in rugby league by the Beaudesert Kingfishers will be on full display in season 2019, with the club announcing their first ever Women’s Ambassador in Emily Hall.
The appointment of Hall to the key role is an added boost for the club who will be fielding an Under 16 girls’ team for the first time this year as well.
For the Kingfishers, the addition of the inspirational Hall was a logical way to help keep girls engaged in the game as she is great example of a different pathway to success.
A former Beaudesert Kingfishers Under 12 junior player, Hall has had a love for the game of rugby league from a young age which was originally sparked by watching her dad and younger brother play.
While her her busy schedule (where she is required to travel to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree at university) means she can no longer commit to playing the game; she has been involved in other ways.
Through her studies at university, Hall was previously given the opportunity to be involved with the Brisbane Broncos Under 20s.
More recently however, she was part of the Sport Science and Rehab team for Brisbane’s inaugural NRL Women’s Rugby League team who claimed the title last year.
Hall said given the opportunities she has been offered thanks to the game, she was passionate about giving back to Beaudesert as they gave her a chance to play.
“Melissa (Frazer) at Beaudesert approached me about being a mentor for their Under 16 Girls team and I jumped at the opportunity to give back to my local club,” Hall said. "The club holds a special spot in my heart!
“I have a great love for rugby league and want to teach others that you don’t always need to play, there are other avenues to be involved in rugby league.”
Through her involvement as an ambassador, Hall said she was hoping to inspire younger girls and show them that anything is possible with passion and desire.
With only one year left before she completes her degree, Hall is aiming to achieve good results and earn employment in the field of Sports Science in the future, preferably as a high performance manager.
She also wants to stay involved with the progression of the female rugby league pathway and continue to inspire female participation in the game – in whatever capacity that may be.