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Fast five with Kelli Dunlop

Central Queensland Capras player Kelli Dunlop enjoyed a fantastic start to 2019, sharing the player of the match honours in her side's first BHP Premiership match at the start of the season.

Dunlop, who featured last season in the Sunshine Coast / Gympie competition, played as a centre for the Capras in their first game, even scoring a try in their win over Easts Tigers.

With the BHP Premiership competition called off for the year and players looking ahead to the next season, Dunlop took the time to answer some questions as part of the 'fast five' challenge.

Fast five with Kelli Dunlop

Football family - does anyone else in your family play? Who and with which team? If not, did a friend get you to sign up?

Our family have always enjoyed rugby league. Dad played for as long as he could, until mum made him stop because he was too old and brittle and would come home injured. My brother James played from the moment he could and my dad coached James in juniors in Mount Isa. He played up until seniors and was very talented. 

Favourite footy memory?

Being selected for the Capras in the first BHP Premiership team is definitely one of my top footy achievements and to be named in the NRL's women's rugby league team of the week for that game was just unreal.

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It was devastating that we only got to play one game in the BHP Premiership competition, but I was honoured to have the opportunity. Now, my focus will be on club footy when it comes back and to get prepared for the BHP Premiership when it returns.

Fashion - what’s the most worn item in your wardrobe?

I pretty well live in active wear. You can wear tights everywhere. 

Fitness tips? Any favourite exercises or tips for staying motivated?

I enjoy sprints and higher intensity training for shorter periods, then longer slower conditioning sessions. The best tip for fitness I find is getting a friend and making it a bit of a competition. I’m very competitive and always push myself harder when competing and it’s easier to stay motivated when you have a friend to do it with. 

Find out more - is there anything you are studying up on, reading, watching now that you are spending more time at home?

My six-year-old old son Chris is keeping me pretty busy, especially now with schooling from home. It has been a learning experience for both of us, I definitely take my hat off to his teacher, lol. The TV series Tiger King kept me busy for a while during isolation and the memes are still keeping me entertained. 

Favourite footy photo

Celebrating with dad after winning the rugby union grand final last year on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: submitted by Kelli Dunlop
Celebrating with dad after winning the rugby union grand final last year on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: submitted by Kelli Dunlop