25th April, 1983 - Brisbane, Australia
North Queensland Cowboys
- Dally M Player of the Year: 2005, 2007, 2014, 2015
- Dally M Halfback of the Year: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015
- Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year: 2012, 2013, 2014
- Dally M Captain of the Year: 2015
- RLPA Player of the Year: 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Rugby League World Golden Boot Award: 2011, 2013, 2015
- Indigenous Halfback of the Century: 1908-2007
- Provan-Summons Medal: 2014, 2015
- Clive Churchill Medal: 2015
- Australian Representative Player of the Year: 2014
- Australian Sports Star of the Year: 2015
- Human Rights Medal: 2017
- Queensland Australian of the Year: 2018
Johnathan Thurston is an Australian professional rugby league footballer and co-captain of National Rugby League (NRL) team the North Queensland Cowboys. During his NRL career he has frequently been cited as rugby league's best player and is arguably the greatest player to ever play the game. Thurston is an Australian International, Queensland State of Origin and Indigenous All Stars representative halfback, five-eighth and goal-kicker.
In 2015 he captained his team to their inaugural NRL Premiership and won the coveted Clive Churchill medal. In the same year he became the first ever four-time Dally M Medalist for the NRL season's best player and the first ever three-time winner of the Golden Boot Award for the World's best player.
JT is immensely proud of his indigenous heritage – his mother is from the Gunggari people – and works tirelessly off the field as a mentor to young indigenous Australian’s, developing programmes and support networks that enable them to finish their education and find suitable employment. His work in this area saw Thurston awarded the 2017 Human Rights Medal.
Johnathan married his long-term girlfriend, Samantha Lynch, and the mother of his two young daughters – Frankie Louise and Charlie Grace – in a private ceremony on Hamilton Island in 2015 capping off what was surely JT’s most memorable year. In 2017, the couple welcomed their third daughter Lillie Rose.
What do you like about SKINS?
“I started wearing SKINS in 2004 and I haven't played a game since without them. They're one of the first things to go in my bag - in fact - I always take two pairs and change into fresh ones at half time. The support they provide my muscles is the main reason I wear them. Rugby League is so taxing on the body and I'll do everything I can to help fight fatigue during a game and speed up the recovery process after.”
Game ready music
“It’s usually rap or dance. Ministry of Sound, 50 Cent, Tupac or Biggie are the main ones on rotation on game day”.