Meet QLD’s only inclusive rugby team, Brisbane Hustlers

Meet QLD’s only inclusive rugby team, Brisbane Hustlers


My Hustler experience is one that
started when I still wasn’t okay. Growing up in southeast Queensland, you
definitely didn’t want to be gay. At a very young age, around nine and ten, I
knew that I was different from the rest of my brothers. I grew up with a very
Catholic strong devout family, so in my mind I thought it was the worst thing
that could happen to me. I rejected the whole concept of me liking men. It was
hard, it was nothing I could open up to anyone. I’d pray every night to God
to make me normal. At one point of my life I couldn’t go
to any family functions because I just knew that I was gonna get attacked. I
struggled a lot with confidence, self-worth. It was hard for me so I
distanced myself from a lot of people. The biggest help I’ve had with my journey of
coming out was with the Hustlers. Having that team, family, on and off the field
helped me a lot to accept who I am. I didn’t understand how rugby could
contribute so positively to how I believed in myself. Before, if I had a
problem, especially regarding my sexuality,
I had absolutely no one to talk to. It supported me to the point where my life
this year, 2019, is the life that I’ve always dreamed for. After joining the
Hustlers, I’ve learnt to I’ve just I’ve learnt to love myself and I realised
what it’s like to be happy. For anyone who’s struggling to come out, I think the most
important thing is come out when they’re ready. It’s okay to be who you are. If
you’re questioning who you are, that’s alright, take your time. You have to build
the courage inside of you. I’m not telling you to do it, if you feel it’s
not right, the time will come. When that time does come, always have that support
behind you prior to coming out. I would encourage you to open your heart
and open your mind to the world around you and find your tribe, one person at a
time.

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