Don’t let the tough exterior and canvas of tattoos fool you: Chris McQueen is a good guy in the rough and tumble world of rugby league. While the Gold Coast Titans’ second rower is an imposing figure on the field, outside of game day he shows a much softer side to his personality. After playing a huge role in taking the Titans to their first finals appearance in 6 years in 2016, we reveal why Chris McQueen is our Athlete CRUSH.
You don’t last very long in the world of rugby league unless you dedicate hours of blood, sweat and tears into becoming the best player you can be. There are endless setbacks, challenges and hurdles for young players to overcome to make it to the game’s elite level. For these reasons, playing in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) even once is a huge achievement. It is a testament to his courage and tenacity that Chris McQueen has now managed over 140 NRL appearances and experienced some of the game’s highest honours.
Chris’ Skills and versatility have earned him the reputation as one of the most consistent and reliable players in the game. (To discover another rugby player highlighted for their Skills, check out our article on Carlin Isles http://www.athletecrush.com/olympic-sports/athlete-crush-carlin-isles-rugby-track-football/) He debuted in 2009 for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and such was his pride in that accomplishment, he famously had his player number 1070 tattooed on his neck. The hard-hitting backrower earned a place in the dominant Queensland State of Origin team in 2013 and was also a key part of Rabbitohs’ premiership win in 2014. His tireless work ethic also earned him a call-up to the Australian Prime Minister’s team in 2011 and 2015. Despite his achievements in the game, it is perhaps off the field where Chris excels most.
While his skills are on display every weekend during the NRL season, there is another side to Chris that makes him CRUSH-worthy. Chris is passionate about making the world a better place, and demonstrates outstanding Role Model traits through his work supporting sick children and animals in need. Chris donates his time to Radio Lollipop, an organisation providing care, comfort and entertainment to children in hospital. McQueen’s support of Radio Lollipop sees him regularly visit sick children during his down time, and it is here he helps to create an environment where the children can laugh, play and smile. It is during this time that the children can request their favourite songs, win prizes and spend time with their heroes.
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting these little legends on my recent visit to the Gold Coast University Hospital. Thanks to @radiolollipop for allowing me to become a part of such a great organisation. We had heaps of fun, drawing and playing games. I am looking forward to my next visit. You can find the rest of the photos on my Facebook page. Maybe I should go as a superhero next time? Thoughts? #gctitans #kidsrule #imabigkid
A photo posted by Chris McQueen (@mcqueen_1070) on
A keen dog lover, Chris is also an ambassador for the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ). The AWLQ are a large organisation who campaign for animal rights and match up stray or surrendered pets with owners all around Australia. The AWLQ strive to make the place a better place for animals of all shapes and sizes and rehome an average of 800 stray or surrendered animals each month in Queensland alone. Chris is a dad to two fur babies of his own – Thor and Monster – and a generous supporter of the activities of the AWLQ where he fights for a better future for animals in need.
They say you should never judge a book by its cover and that is certainly true when it comes to Chris McQueen – beneath that tough exterior there is a heart of gold.
Follow Chris on Instagram @McQueen_1070 and on Twitter @McQueen1070
Written by Athlete CRUSH Staff
Posted 24 October 2016.