166 million reasons to Train like a Cowboy

CEO Kate Farrar led team LGIAsuper in the inaugural North Queensland Council Games, held at 1300SMILES Stadium on 18-19 July.

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First published: July 24

The games pitted LGIAsuper, Townsville City Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Charters Towers Regional Council and Whitsunday Regional Council against each in a two-day event which aimed to increase awareness about ‘lost super.’

With $166 million dollars in lost or unclaimed super currently held by people in the Townsville region*, Ms Farrar said the timing of the event was ideal.

‘The NQ Council Games provide a great opportunity to promote the benefits of not only being physically fit, but financially fit as well. Tracking down and consolidating your super is one step you can take to improve your financial situation.’

Peter Swann from Whitsunday Regional Council said that balancing physical and financial fitness was an important consideration for people of all ages.

‘It’s not only for people like myself who are looking at transitioning to retirement but all of those who are just starting off or in the middle … it’s about encouraging healthy living and financial health.’

Councils were quizzed on their superannuation knowledge and put through a series of grueling physical activities by the North Queensland Cowboys.

After two days of intense competition, Burdekin Shire Council and Charters Towers Regional Council were crowned ‘Champions of the North.’

Ms Farrar said she was grateful for the support of all councils that participated in the event.

‘It was fantastic to see just how engaged everyone was with their super. Local councils play a vital role in building strong, successful communities – and we thank them for helping raise awareness about lost super and financial fitness.’

LGIAsuper is the Official Superannuation Partner of the North Queensland Cowboys. Keep scrolling to view our recap of last week’s Cowboys game at 1300SMILES Stadium.

*Source: ATO website. $166 million of lost or unclaimed super held by residents in postcodes 4806, 4807, 4808, 4809, 4810, 4811, 4812, 4813, 4814, 4815, 4816, 4817, 4818, 4819, 4820, 4850 as at 30/6/17.

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Cowboys fall to high-flying Dragons

The LGIAsuper Community Hub returned to Townsville last Saturday night with Howdy Club members taking home a giant inflatable hand. After a number of weeks on the road, all fingers pointed to a strong Cowboys performance but it was the St George-Illawarra Dragons breathing fire thanks to a Jason Nightingale try in the 2nd minute.

A pair of Johnathan Thurston penalty goals restored order for the home side, before Gavin Cooper caught the Dragons napping with a cheeky try from dummy half.

Just as it looked like the Cowboys had gained the ascendancy, the visitors returned serve with back-to-back tries to Matt Dufty and Tariq Sims.

Playing in front of 18,068 vocal fans, the Cowboys fought hard until the end but their execution at key moments let them down. Both sides struggled to build any momentum in the second stanza with the only points coming via a converted try to Dragons' debutant Jordan Pereira in the 49th minute.

It’s been a tough season for all Cowboys fans but we’re proud of the effort put in by the players each week.

We’re also grateful for the support shown by all Howdy Club members at each Cowboys’ home game. Thanks to everyone who came along to say hi, pick up their free merch and learn more about our featured guests, Give Me 5 for Kids.

Give Me 5 for Kids is Southern Cross Austereo’s national fundraiser which has been supporting and raising funds for local children’s hospital wards across regional Australia for the last 20 years.

The LGIAsuper Community Hub will be at 1300SMILES Stadium for the Cowboys’ next home game against the Newcastle Knights on Friday 27 July at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there!

 

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