PROUD COMMUNITY: Year 10 Baralaba student Shelly Booth has created the artwork for the QLD Reds 2020 Indigenous Round jersey.
PROUD COMMUNITY: Year 10 Baralaba student Shelly Booth has created the artwork for the QLD Reds 2020 Indigenous Round jersey.

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Student makes design for rugby jersey

SHOCKED and proud was the initial reaction for Year 10 Baralaba student Shelly Booth when the Queensland Reds announced her jersey design won a statewide competition on Tuesday.

In their 2020 indigenous round game, the Queensland Reds will wear an indigenous jersey with the artwork designed by Ms Booth.

“It was a big shock to me,” Ms Booth said.

“I felt proud to have the honour of designing the indigenous jersey for the Reds.”

Baralaba State School principal Kate Davis said that it was a surprise announcement for the School Captain.

“She’s an absolute character, a reliable student and she’s a very commanding young lady, even has a pet horse that follows her around everywhere,” Mrs Davis said.

“She has a very loving and large family that are proud of her.

“Shelly’s win reflects the potential these students have and reflects the talent that sits in this school and this small town.”

HUGE SUCCESS: Shelly Booth is proud to have her design, town, school, family and culture reprsented on the national stage.
HUGE SUCCESS: Shelly Booth is proud to have her design, town, school, family and culture reprsented on the national stage.

Peni, Elijah Kefu and Moses Sorovi from the Queensland Reds dropped into Baralaba State School and made the announcement as part of the Queensland Reds, Reds to Regions program, where Reds players and staff visited a number of rural towns from November 18-20 to connect with the grassroots communities.

Ms Booth will have the option to attend the Reds’ indigenous Round match in 2020 as she is part of the Queensland Rugby Union’s Future Indigenous Leaders Program.

“It was incredible the moment it was announced and very hard to keep it all a surprise because we were so excited for her,” Mrs Davis said.

“You could see the absolute joy on her face.”