Young Jasmine's amazing commitment to the game

It's no secret that many of our grassroots volunteers wear a number of hats and dedicate their priceless time to ensure the game prospers ... but how many do you know who are 17?

Springsure's Jasmine Walters is one of few who at that age is giving up this much of her time to the sport.

She can be seen running around the Central Highlands as a player, referee and administrator.

The recently-graduated Year 12 student just completed a Certificate 3 in Business Administration and worked with the Central Highlands Rugby League and Queensland Rugby League this season as part of the Central Region's school-based traineeship initiative.

She is one of four trainees who have provided operational assistance to Local Leagues across the Division (Region) this season.

Walters has had an involvement from a young age; proving her dad wrong when first signing up to play.

"Mum wanted me to sign up and play so she did, but my dad thought I wouldn't last two weeks," Walters said.

Fast forward 11 years later and Walters couldn't have a heavier involvement, recently being selected in the Queensland Academy of Sport Under 18 Girls squad.

"The best thing about rugby league is making new friends and learning new skills, on and off the field as a player, referee and while completing my traineeship," Walters added.

"Most importantly, I really enjoy developing on my own game."

Walters was named this year's Central Highlands Women's Rookie of the Year.
Walters was named this year's Central Highlands Women's Rookie of the Year. ©Damian Freiberg

Not only does Walters have ambitions to forge a career in the ever-growing NRL Women's competition, she's also got a passion to continue being involved with the whistle.

"My ultimate goal is to be selected for the Jillaroos, but for the upcoming season, I want to make the Emerging Central Crows team," she said. 

"As well as that, I want to continue refereeing games and be selected as a match official for as many state carnivals."

Walters refereeing at this year's Murri Carnival in Redcliffe.
Walters refereeing at this year's Murri Carnival in Redcliffe.

To give a snapshot of the contribution Walters made this year, just look at this year's Central Highlands grand final.

She began the day playing in the Under 17 grand final. Upon finishing that game, she had an hour to recover before running out with the whistle to officiate the Central Highlands Under 14 Boys decider, but it didn't stop there.

She also was the touch judge in the Open Women's final later that night and through the day when she wasn't on the field, she was helping live score, update social media and take photos.

Her commitment and effort at such a young age should be an inspiration to young people, showing that you can be involved and make a difference as a player, referee, volunteer or administrator, no matter your age or gender.