Nambour artist Billy Joe Chambers won a competition to create the North Queensland Cowboys indigenous jersey.
Nambour artist Billy Joe Chambers won a competition to create the North Queensland Cowboys indigenous jersey.

Nambour artist’s Cowboys creation adorned

THE striking work of a Nambour artist will be proudly on display when the North Queensland Cowboys run out for the indigenous Round in May.

Billy Joe Chambers entered the club’s design-a-jersey competition to pay homage to his heritage and love of rugby league.

His jersey, Chosen One, represents a sea turtle’s life cycle from hatchling to fully grown adult.

It will be worn by the Cowboys on Friday, May 22 when the club faces off against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Townsville.

SIGNIFICANT:North Queensland Cowboys five-eighth Scott Drinkwater wearing the specialist indigenous strip, designed by Nambour artist Billy Joe Chambers.
SIGNIFICANT:North Queensland Cowboys five-eighth Scott Drinkwater wearing the specialist indigenous strip, designed by Nambour artist Billy Joe Chambers.

Mr Chambers, a lifelong artist, said he was very proud of his creation.

“It means a lot. It means so much for my family connection to North Queensland,” Mr Chambers said.

“My great grandfather Charlie is from the Yarrabah Aboriginal community near Cairns and I played footy up there back in the ’90s.

“Rugby league runs deep in my family’s blood.

“I feel greatly honoured – not just for me, but also my extended family as I see it as an acknowledgment of my family’s connection to the community.”

The design Nambour artist Billy Joe Chambers used to create the North Queensland Cowboys indigenous jersey.
The design Nambour artist Billy Joe Chambers used to create the North Queensland Cowboys indigenous jersey.

A former Parramatta Eels fan, Mr Chambers said his allegiance switched when the Cowboys entered the competition in 1995.

Over the years some of his favourite players have included Matty Bowen, Johnathan Thurston and Antonio Winterstein.

Cowboys general manager for community Fiona Pelling congratulated Mr Chambers for his work.

“NRL indigenous Round is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our rich indigenous culture and to recognise the achievements of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders on and off the field,” Ms Pelling said.

”We’re looking forward to seeing his design showcased on the national stage and our team will wear it with pride.”


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