Named to make her NRLW debut this weekend in a tough match-up against NZ Warriors; Queensland State of Origin player Kody House spent time this week heading back to school.
A member of the Ipswich Brothers team in the SEQ Division 1 Women’s competition; House was invited to Boondall State School to speak to the students.
“Boondall live by the RISE values. A set of values that govern the school environment and the students’ choices and behaviour. Respect, Independence, Safe and Effort,” teacher Michael Nunn said.
“I wanted someone to speak to students who would be able provide a real living example of the RISE values, and Kody fit the bill perfectly.”
“She recently visited the school to speak to Year 4 about how those values translated to her team environment of the Broncos, Queensland and Jillaroos.”
House has been a member of both the Queensland and Australian Jillaroos squads since 2015 and came off the interchange for Queensland in the inaugural Women's Holden State of Origin earlier this year.
Recently, House won the Women's Academic Player of the Year Award at the recent RLPA Players’ Champion awards (she is currently studying sport and exercise science after achieving her engineering degree).
In her career, House has shown plenty of the RISE values to be able to achieve on and off the field and she was hoping to help encourage more students achieve big things academically or in sport.
She spoke enthusiastically about her love of league and the chances the NRLW have afforded her.
“I had a little girl come talk to me at a clinic and say how much she loves the NRLW … that’s unbelievable that we are already having this amazing influence on young people.”
House gladly answered questions from the students about who the best Broncos player was in the NRLW.
“That’s Ali Brigginshaw; I think she is pretty awesome. Make sure you watch her,” she said of her fellow Brothers Ipswich team-mate.
“Who is your best friend in your team?” another student asked.
“They’re all my best friends, they are my sisters.”
When you show such respect for your team-mates, it is easy to see why the Broncos have started the season with two wins and are dreaming of an inaugural NRLW premiership.
- The Broncos v Warriors game kicks off at 5.15pm this Friday afternoon (September 21) and can be viewed on Nine Gem, FOX and the NRL app.