Women in Focus: Jess Palmer

Jess Palmer,  Jillaroo Player

Ronnie Palmer is one proud Dad – this rugby league legend’s daughter Jess is on the Australian Women’s Rugby League team – the Jillaroos.

Growing up Jess always loved sport, she went to the AIS on scholarship, but it was only two years ago that Jess was introduced to playing Rugby League – the game that made her Dad famous. A friend asked her to come and play with them one weekend, within six months she was playing in the World Cup.

Jess says that although her Dad’s involvement with Rugby League gave her a love of the sport from the sideline, it was only once she got her hands on the footy that she truly understood his passion for the game. Like her Dad, Jess has built a stellar career in rugby league, she works full time as an Australian Rugby League Development Officer – taking the game into Primary schools and educating children about Rugby League. Clearly the future of the game is in talented hands.

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