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KIRWAN State High School support Wear It Purple Day

Kirwan High v Mackay State High in Aaron Payne Cup

Author : Phil Dillon NewsCorp Sports

Kirwan High v Mackay State High in Aaron Payne Cup

Kirwan State High School’s senior team will be playing for more than the school’s honour when they take the field in the Aaron Payne Cup on Wednesday.

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KIRWAN State High School’s senior team will be playing for more than the school’s honour when they take on Mackay State High School in the Aaron Payne Cup on Wednesday.

The side will be wearing special jerseys with a splash of purple as they show their support for the school’s LGBTIQA+ community.

Kirwan High v Mackay State High in Aaron Payne Cup Hoani Harris, Terell Anderson and Vinjenzo Winterstein from the Kirwan Bears. Picture: Supplied

Hoani Harris, Terell Anderson and Vinjenzo Winterstein from the Kirwan Bears. Kirwan High v Mackay State High in Aaron Payne Cup

A big crowd is expected for the match which kicks off at 12pm on Wednesday and hooker Hoani Harris, 17, explained just why the team was carrying out the initiative.

“The reason behind wearing purple is for Wear It Purple Day,” he said.

“Wear It Purple Day is this year on August 26. But we bought the initiative forward to do it this Wednesday, due to a big home game.

“So essentially the whole school will be out watching us and we’re representing the LGBTIQA+ community within Kirwan High.

Hoani Harris, Terell Anderson and Vinjenzo Winterstein from the Kirwan Bears

Hoani Harris, Terell Anderson and Vinjenzo Winterstein from the Kirwan Bears

“We are honoured to wear these jerseys and also just honoured to bring a voice to those that don’t have a voice and are unable to speak out.

“We just want make them feel more comfortable in the community around us and bring energy and real support to everyone.”

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Fullback Vinjenzo Winterstein, 17, the brother of former Cowboys star Antonio, added: “We have students from all around the world, different countries, different cultures. We have a diverse community, and our aim is to be inclusive.

“It means a lot to us boys to be able to wear these jerseys for Wear It Purple Day, and to also help raise awareness for our LGBTQIA+ group which is called the True Colours.

“Not only does this give them opportunity to be included, but also gives a voice to those who don’t have one.”

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After a mammoth seven-week break from football, coach Nathan Norford expected his Kirwan side to be tested by a Macaky State High School outfit who pushed polished cross-town rivals St Patrick’s in their last meeting.

With rust and fitness all in play, Norford admitted Kirwan’s run to the Aaron Payne Cup finals could hit a rocky start without a top effort.

“We’ve been focusing on making sure our individuals are up to standard with our fitness and individual skills,” Norford said.

“We needed to get together as a team to finetune things because term three is a big one for any schoolboy and we want to be on top of it from the start, if we can.

“(Mackay) is obviously a stronghold of rugby league in Queensland so we need to be on top of our game to make sure we can execute, because they look like a grinding team.”

The loss of centre Riwha Walden to a shoulder injury will be mitigated by the timely return of Cowboys-contracted Jerramaine Nean, who will slot into the right centre position seamlessly.

Wear It Purple Day was first started in Australia on October 15, 2010 and was founded by Katherine Hudson and Scott Williams.

Supporters wear purple to celebrate diversity and young people from the LGBTIQA+ community.

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