Local athlete has high hopes for her future

By Kirra Livingstone

BEERWAH Bulldogs Hooker Jordan Jackson is a jack of all trades, playing everything from union to netball, and is now a Sunshine Coast Falcons player.

Jackson started playing rugby league for Blackwater when she was 11, and then joined the Beerwah Bulldogs when she moved to the Sunshine Coast this year.

At the moment, she is playing for the Falcons, the Bulldogs and the USC Barbarians which is the Sunshine Coast’s rugby union team; but for Jordan, it’s easy to stay motivated.

“It’s a bit of a struggle but just time management is everything and sorting out what you need to do for the week… my calendar is hectic,” she said.

“I just really like to train, it’s just my favourite thing to do so it’s pretty easy to stay motivated.

“But there’s other days where I’m not feeling it, and you just got to keep training for the team, you’ve got to put the team first, I can’t let them down.”

Jackson also speaks highly of the Beerwah Bulldogs and said she will not allow herself to let her team down.

“It’s really good, it’s a lovely club and it’s really welcoming and supportive of everyone,” she said.

“I think we have been getting pretty good. The combinations are starting to really form, and everyone is starting to get along really well.”

The Bulldogs Hooker benefits greatly from union as well to improve her rugby league skills.

“I think it’s a great sport for fitness especially and tackle technique because you just want to get them to the ground and bulldoze them,” she said.

“I like to play seven a side union. It’s really good for passing as well because you have to cover so much distance, it’s really good for honing your long passes.”

But she doesn’t just play to improve her rugby league game – although she does want to play for the NRLW one day – she also wants to compete at an elite level for union.

“I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics so that’s why I’m still playing union as well to try to get into the sevens team,” she said.

If you are an athlete who wants to compete in the 2032 Olympics, apply through this link,
https://youfor2032.initiatives.qld.gov.au/  to have a chance to be picked in the Australian Olympic team.