Dancing to mate’s same beat
COWBOYS co- captain Johnathan Thurston says his concern for Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes’ welfare is the main reason he will perform an indigenous dance celebration if he scores a try against Canberra this weekend.
A two- time Brownlow Medallist and AFL premiership player and former Australian of the Year, Goodes is reportedly considering retirement after being booed by supporters around the country over the last 12 months, prompting the AFL to step in and ask people to stop.
Thurston is one of the highest profile players in rugby league and along with South Sydney captain Greg Inglis and Brisbane captain Justin Hodges, will perform an indigenous war dance if they score over the weekend to show support for Goodes and the treatment he has been receiving.
“Clearly he’s going through a tough time and I’m sure he’s got a good support base around him,” Thurston said.
“I’m sure his family and close friends are getting around him, his teammates as well obviously and the whole code and other clubs.
“All I’m saying, I’m worried about his welfare and I want to let him know that I support him and I’m hoping that he’s getting through this.”
Thurston is the captain of the Indigenous All Stars team and is a proud advocate of efforts to keep indigenous kids in schools.
Prompted by a workshop with Aboriginal educationalist Dr Chris Sarra in recent years, Thurston has made efforts to learn about his Aboriginal heritage as a member of the Gunggari people, from west of Toowoomba.
The Cowboys co- captain has preferred to keep his plans for the dance this weekend under wraps, deflecting the majority of the attention towards Matt Scott’s 200th game for the Cowboys.
Scott said he respected Thurston’s decision to support Goodes and said it showed the character of the Cowboys halfback.
“He’s ( Thurston) very proud of his indigenous heritage and he’s been quite open of that ever since I’ve known him,” Scott said.
“I love the pride he takes in it and he’s done a lot of stuff with his family about going back and learning more about his and his family’s past.
“It says a lot ( about him) and I hear there are a couple of guys who are thinking of doing it ( the dance) and good on them.”
LENDING SUPPORT: Cowboys cocaptain Johnathan Thurston plans to do a war dance if he scores a try to show support for AFL legend Adam Goodes.