Golden girl Cate Campbell to lead QRU clubs, schools initiative

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Australian swimming superstar Cate Campbell is leading the QRU's charge to bring rugby players from across the state together in the 'Q Formation'.

The QRU today announced the initiative which will bring more than 200 clubs and schools together in their playing kits at Ballymore on January 23.

The congregation will then be aerially photographed, painting a colourful picture of the reach rugby has in the state.

Campbell, an Olympic gold medallist, has volunteered her time to bring the vision to life.

"Sport is such a powerful tool to unite and empower people," Campbell said.

“We’re encouraging the Queensland rugby family to come together to show off their various colours and it will be a special sight to see the clubs and schools within the rugby community in their kit at Ballymore for the photo."

QRU Chairman Jeff Miller said the event shaped as a chance to showcase the strength and success of rugby in Queensland at the spiritual home of rugby in Queensland – Ballymore.

"The ‘Q Formation’ will unite the members of the QRU as one and will create an image that we can to display with pride to the Queensland rugby community," Miller said.

"The QRU is more than just our professional teams and I encourage all clubs and schools to take part in the event, whether it be coming to Ballymore on the day or sending their kit to be worn in the photograph."

Reds players and representatives from Queensland’s other elite teams will also form part of the ‘Q Formation’ in their playing kit.

More than 200 of Queensland rugby’s affiliates have been invited to attend the event or donate their kit to be displayed at Ballymore in the future.

One of those 200 affiliate is Queensland Premier Rugby champions GPS.

GPS general Mmnager and former Wallaby Anthony Herbert is encouraging the hundreds of clubs throughout Queensland to get involved.

"There’s a long, rich history with clubs and the QRU and the Q Formation gives the chance for all affiliates to come together as one.

"It’s going to show just how big Rugby in Queensland is and will be a real eye-opener with teams and jerseys coming together from far and wide.

"It’s a chance to make an image that we can all be really proud of and can represent us as a rugby community,” Herbert added.

It is understood the QRU intend to display all the jerseys worn in the photograph in the new building of a redeveloped Ballymore in years to come.