Raw hon­esty an­other rea­son to re­spect JT

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

JOHNATHAN Thurston is one of the most re­spected peo­ple in Aus­tralia to­day.

Revered not only for his sport­ing prow­ess but also for his stand­ing as man – an am­bas­sador and ad­vo­cate for in­dige­nous health, ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment.

But JT is also hu­man and, like the rest of us, has made mis­takes in life.

In his new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, he writes about his time as a teenage delin­quent – a petty thief who looked to be headed down a path of crime be­fore his love of rugby league showed him an al­ter­na­tive route. It’s a pe­riod he is not proud of and one he could eas­ily have air­brushed from the of­fi­cial record of what has be­come an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

But it is typical of Thurston that he has cho­sen to talk about that chap­ter hon­estly, not be­cause it ben­e­fits him but be­cause it might help to­day’s lost youth.

It may not be footy, but JT shows them that by find­ing a fo­cus and putting their at­ten­tion and en­ergy into some­thing they love, there is a bet­ter way for­ward.

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