Quinn liv­ing the league dream

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT LEAGUE - — Amanda Lul­ham

A YEAR ago Tale­sha Quinn rang her mum to tell her she was throw­ing in her job, pack­ing up and mov­ing to Syd­ney and fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture with­out any sort of in­come be­cause she wanted to play foot­ball “with all my heart”.

A lit­tle over 12 months on, Quinn is still in her job with the Aus­tralian Army, a mem­ber of the Jil­la­roos, pre­par­ing to make her World Cup de­but and in her own words “liv­ing the dream”.

“I’m a leagie, it’s my pas­sion, and to play the game I loved so much, I had to give it a shot,” said Quinn, ahead of the Jil­la­roos’ World Cup opener against the Cook Is­lands on Thurs­day.

With the back­ing and sup­port of the Aus­tralian Army who put her in an elite sport pro­gram, Pri­vate Quinn, 28, (pic­tured) was re­lo­cated from Townsville to Syd­ney, signed with the Sharks, made the NSW team which de­fended its in­ter­state crown against Queens­land and was named in the World Cup squad.

“Just over a year ago I wasn’t even play­ing. I can’t thank the army enough for sup­port­ing me. What a crazy, crazy ride,” she said.

“I think what I have done can show peo­ple that some­times you just have to put your­self out there and just do it.”

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