Celebrated reach on and off the sphere
When Boston Jackson joined Bull Sharks football membership, she was a shy younger teen who didn’t want to push herself, now she’s in the management group and wants everyone to feel really welcome.
That’s why the reserve team ladder chief is so proud to don Bond College’s multicolored Guernsey to rejoice at AFL Queensland’s third annual Pleasure Spherical.
“Pleasure Spherical is more than just rainbows and flags, it’s about changing our sporting tradition so that the LGBTQIA+ group feels accepted, supported and protected,” said Jackson.
“It’s nice pointing out to the group that no matter who you are, the way you define, what your sexuality is, Bond has a place for you.”
Jackson, 20, said that while she wouldn’t ditch a senior name, she currently loves her new mentorship role in reserves.
“It’s so nice that the women look just like me. As a result, I’m not the most effective competitor and I don’t have the most effective football skills, but it’s definitely an extra people person.
“The coaches have put a lot of effort into growing you as an individual and your football skills,” Jackson said.
The Bull Sharks are coming off a 99-point attack on the Aspley Hornets, but Jackson is warning her teammates not to be complacent in opposition to Maroochydore in fourth place within the regular season’s remaining spherical.
“I consider this year to be the first year that a staff can win regardless of where they sit on the desk, there are no simple video games.
“I’m really sure, we now have that stable win from last weekend, but we really have to offer everything we have now for the last sport. It’s going to be a tough sport,” Jackson said.
Bond will play at Leyshon Park in Brisbane on Saturday afternoon.