Success Stories
Meet Jarrah McLeod

Jarrah is proud Yuin man from the South Coast and played rugby league in Bega until he moved to Nowra at the age of seven. Jarrah played local football along the South Coast until he got a scholarship to move up Sydney and then along to Canberra for the best opportunity to be at the top level for Brumbies.

Jarrah is grateful to be involved in the Calleo supported Royals First Nations Opportunity Program and writes:

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Calleo for the incredible support you have provided to me and the other First Nations players at Royals this year through the Calleo Indigenous Community Fund. Your support has been instrumental in not only advancing my Rugby career but also in helping me earn a living. It has truly been a life-changing experience for me and all the players involved in the Calleo supported Royals First Nations Opportunity Program.

One of the most significant aspects of the program was that it allowed me to regularly visit my family in Nowra on the South Coast. Despite facing some setbacks due to injuries, I thoroughly enjoyed my season with Royals and being part of the Brumbies Academy. The highlight of the season was being a member of the undefeated Brumbies Under 19 side that emerged victorious in the National Championship final against NSW in Queanbeyan. Following this achievement, I was selected for the 2023 Australian Under 19 squad, which will compete in the World Under 20 championships in May 2024, to be held in Australia.

I am gradually adjusting to living away from home and managing my responsibilities, and I am fortunate to have excellent support in this regard. Once again, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for the opportunity you have given me. Your support has made a significant difference in my life, and I am truly grateful.”