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Arthur Beetson was a great Australian; one of the greatest. In his lifetime Arthur was a leader and a larrikin. Arthur loved Queensland and in turn Queensland loved him. There would be no State of Origin but for Arthur.

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The powerful legacy of rugby league Immortal Arthur Beetson on and off the field was driven home at the launch of the Murri Carnival in Brisbane.

The carnival, now in its 10th year, will be played at Redcliffe's Dolphin Stadium over six days from September Senior men's and women's teams will take part and this year boys will play in under 13, 15 and 17 age divisions and girls in under 15 and 17 age groups.

Purga Wagtails won the senior men's division at last year's carnival and star player Dan West-Pes was on hand at Tuesday's launch next to the Arthur Beetson statue at Suncorp Stadium where he described what the Beetson legacy meant to him. The fact that our people are now all having health checks, I feel as though he would be exceptionally proud of us.

The carnival was the brainchild of Maroons legend Tony Currie and Beetson and was set up in to give Indigenous people in Queensland their own carnival after previously teams had to travel to NSW to attend the Koori Knockout. It gave the Indigenous game the respect it deserved. The carnivals are fully sanctioned and supported by the Queensland Rugby League so that players have insurance, qualified referees and are conducted in a safe environment.

We'd love to have more teams and that is one of the reasons we are launching early. He was always going to be a really good football player but this carnival has helped him on the way.

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Arthur Beetson

It provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending Queensland Schools the opportunity to participate in a program that encourages and rewards improvements in school attendance, behaviour, academic achievement, effort and ultimately Year 12 attainment or its equivalent. It is a living testament to the first Indigenous captain of an Australian sporting team. A man who fought with courage for his people to be acknowledged, respected and valued as first Australians. A man who was resolute in his beliefs about the absolute need for young First Australians to be educated, to finish school and to be employed.

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The powerful legacy of rugby league Immortal Arthur Beetson on and off the field was driven home at the launch of the Murri Carnival in Brisbane. The carnival, now in its 10th year, will be played at Redcliffe's Dolphin Stadium over six days from September Senior men's and women's teams will take part and this year boys will play in under 13, 15 and 17 age divisions and girls in under 15 and 17 age groups. Purga Wagtails won the senior men's division at last year's carnival and star player Dan West-Pes was on hand at Tuesday's launch next to the Arthur Beetson statue at Suncorp Stadium where he described what the Beetson legacy meant to him. The fact that our people are now all having health checks, I feel as though he would be exceptionally proud of us.

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Arthur Beetson and his legacy in league and in life

He represented Australia and Queensland from to His main position was at prop. Beetson became the first Indigenous Australian to captain Australia in any sport [6] and is frequently cited as the best post-war forward in Australian rugby league history. He also had an extensive coaching career, spanning the s to the s, coaching Australia, Queensland, Eastern Suburbs , Redcliffe Dolphins and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. He is also remembered as man of great humility who cared deeply about his people and culture.

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