GERRINGONG product Canecia (CJ) Sims has been named in the Queensland City women’s team for the upcoming Women’s National Championships.
To be held at Owen Park, Southport, from June 1-3, the inaugural championships will pit Sims against her older sister Ruan, who headlines the NSW Country side.
CJ Sims will be joined in the Queensland City side by Ali Brigginshaw, Karina Brown, Maitua Feterika, Tazmin Gray, Grace Griffin, Tallisha Harden, Ameila Kuk, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Tarnisha Lyons, Asipau Mafi, Sasha Mahuika, Taylor Mapusua, Laken Paitai, Rona Peters, Amber Pilley, Courtney Robinson, Amie Solomona, Lucy Takapo and Zahara Te Mara.
CJ has previously represented Queensland in American football before making the transition to rugby league, after signing with Ipswich Brothers.
Despite admitting to ‘loving’ the South Coast, where her parents Jacqueline and Peter still reside, she admits that Queensland, which has been home for more than six years now, has given her a number of sporting opportunities – making her proud to represent her adopted state.
The Women’s National Championships will feature teams from NSW Country, NSW City, Queensland Country, Queensland City, Affiliated States and the Australian Defence Force – with all sides to play three games each across the tournament.
Both Ruan and CJ are both also part of the 40-strong elite women's representative squad announced earlier in the year.