For the love of the game: Taren Carr

Taren Carr's story is like many others from outback towns where sports and an active lifestyle are the life blood of the community.

Carr grew up on a cattle station, outside of Burketown called 'Beamsbrook' before her family then relocated to Mount Isa where she completed her schooling.

When Carr was 14, her parents moved back to Normanton where she completed Years 9 and 10 at St Mary's in Charters Towers.

Carr's love of footy started 10 years ago when her young family started on their journey of playing rugby league.

In 2017, the family made the move from Normanton to Townsville in order to pursue better educational and sporting opportunities for her three sons.

QRL Media caught up with Taren Carr in Normanton during Country Week in 2018

Carr started out as a Level 1 Sports Trainer with Brothers in Townsville then moved to Western Lions where she then completed Level 2 Sports Trainer qualification.

She also identified the need to get involved with the Stingers Academy working with the 14 and 15 boys age groups.

It was through this academy that she was able to combine her two passions of health and well-being and rugby league.

She also started her own personal fitness training business, Body Fuel Fitness Solutions in Townsville and ran boot camps and personal training sessions. It also helped the boys from the academy with improving their fitness.

Having come from a family of four girls and three active sons, Carr herself has always been active and loved sports.

As the family all love footy, rodeos, camping and hunting, they knew the move back to the Gulf would always be on the cards.

The lure of outback life was too strong and eventually Carr and her family moved back to Normanton in early 2018.

She became involved with the local rugby league club, Normanton Stingers, and started helping run sports trainers courses at the newly created Gulf cluster competition.

Taren Carr is following her passion for rugby league and doing what she loves as a Sports Trainer
Taren Carr is following her passion for rugby league and doing what she loves as a Sports Trainer

Carr has also inspired two younger women from the community to get involved and gain their First Aid qualifications.

Her oldest son, Jamie, plays with the Normanton Stingers in the second row and is proud he can continue his love for footy in the Gulf.

She hopes to be part of future carnivals and continue to gain experience and valuable skills and knowledge to pass onto other members of the Gulf football community.

Carr is proud of the great relationships she has built in the community.

One of the highlights in her rugby league experience was when she was involved with the Skytrans carnival, and as Sports Trainer for the Outback Women's side.

A love and passion for what she does motivates her to see the community receive the opportunities of Gulf clusters and more representative football.

She hopes to continue to offer support whether it be through First Aid or running strength and conditioning sessions with the teams.

Taren Carr from Normanton is making a real difference in the game of rugby league by inspiring other women to get involved in the game
Taren Carr from Normanton is making a real difference in the game of rugby league by inspiring other women to get involved in the game

Main image: Taren Carr was involved as a Sports Trainer with the Northern Outback Women's team who competed in the North Queensland Women's Championships in Townsville this year.

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