Flight Centre is proud to partner with the Women’s NRL in 2019

Sport, like travel, is about pushing the boundaries. It’s about being strong, independent and fearless and leaving your comfort zone behind to explore your sense of self and the world around you. It’s all about the journey – on the field and in life. Whether it’s shared experiences or going it alone, the parallels between sport and travel inspire us to see and do more every day.

Flight Centre is proud to partner with the Women’s NRL to showcase the empowerment of women to play the same game their way. Through our Flight Centre ambassadors, Jillaroos and leading WNRL players Ali Brigginshaw and Corban McGregor, we’ll explore how sport and travel inspire us to dream big and enjoy the ride.

We interviewed Jillaroo and NRLW player Ali Brigginshaw:

What's your top tip for packing with kids?
Always let them pack their favourite toy.

What is your favourite place you have travelled?
When travelling with the kids and my partner Kate, I’d choose Kingscliff on the Gold Coast. Then when travelling with football I’d choose, New Zealand.

Where do you want to travel to next and why?
Hawaii. I’d love to see the beaches over there

Summer or winter holiday destination? Aka Bikini or beanie?
Bikini – I definitely prefer summer.

Do you prefer a flop and drop holiday or something a little more adventurous?
Adventure is key with kids. The beach is always fun, swimming and making sandcastles.

What’s your favourite family friendly holiday destination?
Kingscliff, for the beach.

What is your favourite holiday activity? Cycling, surfing, devouring the breakfast buffet?
Haha, the buffet is my favourite!

Do you like to keep active on holiday?
Not really, but it happens anyway running after the kids.

This campaign is about ‘pushing boundaries’ in sport and travel, what was the last roadblock you came up against (in travel or sport) that you had to overcome, and how did you get around it?
I ruptured my ankle ligament two days before the State of Origin this year which was quite stressful. Fortunately we had great medical staff who helped me with around the clock rehab – swimming in the pool, icing at all hours of the night – and I was able to push through. Outside of not listening properly and sitting at the wrong departure gate one time, I haven’t had too many issues with travelling. Hopefully this doesn’t jinx me!

How have you helped other people push boundaries for themselves?
I do a lot of work with young Indigenous girls through my work with the Broncos, which has been a fantastic experience. I don’t come from an Indigenous background, but I think the fact I play footy has broken down any barriers quite quickly. From there I have tapped into my life experiences to help the girls with everyday challenges – I’ve had my own challenges, which I don’t sugarcoat – and I think that has resonated with them. I also do a lot of footy-related coaching and mentoring in Ipswich, which is where I am from. All of my messaging to the kids – boys and girls – is about getting out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to be the best you can be, no matter what the field. It’s really rewarding and something I will continue doing long I’ve hung up the boots.

We interviewed Jillaroo and NRLW player Corban McGreggor:

What's your top tip for packing with kids?
My top tip for packing with kids is always have a change of clothes in your carry on luggage because with kids, you just never know..

What is your favourite place you have travelled?
Rarotonga is my favourite place I have travelled. It’s so cruisy and the beaches are divine - oh and I got engaged there too :)

Where do you want to travel to next and why?
I would love to travel to the Greek Islands. It just seems like the holiday of a lifetime that has it all. From having a breathtaking landscape to crystal clear beaches, a rich history and a vibrant nightlife, however, it looks like somewhere that is kid-friendly too.

Summer or winter holiday destination? Aka Bikini or beanie?
100% summer. My son is a little fish and summer holidays make for light packing too. Bonus!

Do you prefer a flop and drop holiday or something a little more adventurous?
I prefer holidays that are a little more adventurous

What’s your favourite family friendly holiday destination?
My favourite family friendly holiday destination is Hawaii. I went there with my whole family when Carter was under 2-years-old and it had the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.

What is your favourite holiday activity? Cycling, surfing, devouring the breakfast buffet?
Stand up paddle boarding is always a must when travelling to tropical destinations. However, I love my food and am always down for a good feed and a cheeky cocktail.
Do you like to keep active on holiday?
I’ll usually suss out the local gym/footy field and make sure I get a few sessions in whilst on holiday. There’s always a lot of swimming activities and dancing that keeps me active too :)
This campaign is about ‘pushing boundaries’ in sport and travel, what was the last roadblock you came up against (in travel or sport) that you had to overcome, and how did you get around it?
I had shoulder surgery in 2019 that put me out of sport for 8 months. I used the time off to not only get my body strong again but to spend quality time with family and friends and enjoy my time away from rugby league. In the process of doing that the time flew by and it actually took my desire to be out on the field and doing what I love to another level.

How have you helped other people push boundaries for themselves?
Growing the number of women in sport, in particular rugby league, is something I am extremely passionate about. As well as playing rugby league, I run footy clinics specifically for girls of all skill levels to grow their skill set and enjoy being part of a team environment. I believe there will be the opportunity for girls to make a career out of rugby league and I love pushing boundaries both on and off the field to make that happen in the near future.