The Annual QAIHC Arthur Beetson Foundation Murri Rugby League Carnival involves Queensland teams from the Gold Coast to Badu Island in the Torres Strait, and is a real show piece of Indigenous rugby league talent. Three competitions take place over four days, including Under 15 boys, Open Women’s and Open Men’s. Sides will be selected in each competition to represent Queensland Murri as official QRL teams in different games and tours.
The carnival is much more than rugby league as it also has a major focus on health and education. All players have to complete a “Health Check” as a requirement to participate and all Under 15 participants must have a 90% school attendance rate in the three months prior. The Queensland Murri Carnival is heavily supported by the Federal Government Department of Health, State Government Education Queensland and also Sport and Recreation. Major support from the Moreton Bay Council has resulted in the event coming to the region for the second year running.
Major sponsors also include the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health through their Deadly Choices campaign alongside Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, University of Queensland, Aurizon, Triple Play, Redcliffe Leagues and the QRL