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Robinson helps push girls outside of their comfort zones

The comfort zone is "a situation in which you feel comfortable and in which your ability and determination are not being tested". 

Growth - mentally, physically, spiritually - comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone. Growth comes from being tested, being challenged.

Passionate women's rugby league advocate Tracey Thompson is determined to help young women across Queensland grow into the best person they can be, to help them excel in whatever they want to achieve.

For many of them, they want to be successful on the rugby league field. 

Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons star Julia Robinson helped Thompson put more than 120 girls through their paces at Brisbane's Gallipoli Barracks "to develop confidence, leadership and teamwork skills". 

It is the second time Thompson, who captained the first ever Indigenous Women’s All Stars Team in 2010, and Warrant Officer Class 1 Kelly Hammant have run a development challenge for girls at Gallipolli Barracks; the first was in April

Thompson, a Deadly Choices ambassador, organised the latest event to test the girls and recognise NAIDOC Week, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's histories, culture and achievements.

The participants came from a myriad of places including Redbank Plains State High School, Ipswich State High School and Marsden State High School. 

Thompson, who also represented Australia in two Rugby League World Cups and played for Queensland between 1999 and 2008, said this time the focus was on developing "confidence, leadership, and teamwork skills for the members of Indigenous youth groups and support organisations". 

The activities included an over-water obstacle course and military floatation activities. 

"These activities are an effective way to build on communication, teamwork and resilience, and also allows for small groups to compete against each other to get the adrenaline flowing, whilst providing a healthy competition," Thompson said. 

"These activities help improve morale and motivation, increase communication and encourage creativity.

"Problem-solving challenges and physical activities are good for people's mental health on and off the footy field. Team games reinforce the responsibilities that everyone has and this will hopefully manifest on the footy field."

Robinson supported and encouraged the girls through the activities.

"She handed out some of her playing gear to the best females on the day, which was great," Thompson said.

Others involved on the day included State Member for Cooper Jonty Bush, empowerment initiative for women Iron Traks, Cre8tive Nations, Carinity Education, Woodridge Police Citizens Youth Club and Beyond DV.