Kailah's long driving success
CAMERON STALLARD - LEAGUE QUEENSLAND MAGAZINE
The words commitment, passion and dedication is synonymous with Queensland Rugby League and is shown week-in, week-out across many footy clubs in Queensland and for one Western Queensland lady, the commitment, passion and dedication to play Rugby League has paid off in a big way.
Kailah Rogers resides in the western outback town of Longreach and gives up a majority of her weekends to make the four hour one-way trip to Emerald to line-up with the Emerald Cowgirls in the Central Highlands Rugby League Women’s competition.
Rogers, 21, first strapped on the boots at age 5 for the Charleville Tigers and has just been selected for the Central Crows Women’s Rugby League Representative team to play at the QRL State Carnival this month.
Previous to that, she was selected for the Central Highlands Women’s Representative team earlier this year which saw the team train weekly for three months prior to the 47th Battalion carnival. Without complaint, Kailah made the 8 hour return journey to Emerald for the two hour training session.
When asked about the drive and making the commitment, Rogers says you have to make the commitment if you want to do the things you love.
“I’m not sure if I will ever get used to the drive as it is a very dull drive, however at the end of the day because I get to play the game I love, it makes it that much easier. I don’t really think about the distance, I just get in the car and drive. I spend a lot of weekends away from my partner, family and friends, but that’s what you have to do in regional areas to be able to do the things you love.”
After playing Rugby League for a few years now, Rogers says the biggest thing she’s learnt is to be passionate and never give up, whether it be on the football field or in life, and hopes this piece of advice can be shared amongst all juniors today.
“Whether it be in life or on the field, never give up. The moment you give up on anything is when you are defeated, especially when playing a team game. You are not only letting yourself down by giving up but also you are also letting down your team mates.”
“Put 110% effort into everything you do, and no matter the outcome you should never be disappointed. You never lose, you either win or you learn.”
Kailah’s commitment, passion and dedication to Rugby League is something that should be cherished by all.
Her story is a great example for the future generation of players from the Outback, who dream of playing Rugby League for this great state of ours, Queensland.