Pride of the north
Pride of the north
It has been an exciting couple of weeks for Ergon employee and Rugby League hooker Jason Roos.
Jason co-captained the Northern Pride to a 32-28 victory against Penrith in the NRL curtain raiser at Sydney's Olympic Park on Sunday, 5 October.
Talking Energy caught up with Jason on the eve of the grand final showdown, and the Cairns-based Live Linesperson gave us an insight into his illustrious sporting career, and how he balances the pressures and demands with his work life.
Jason said the team had been 'pretty pumped' about gaining a grand final berth and were going to enjoy the challenge.
How long have you worked at Ergon?
About nine years now. I did my trade with an electrical contractor in Cairns and then moved back to Mareeba and joined Ergon. I am an electrical fitter mechanic and live linesman. I live in Cairns now. I have a wife and four-month-old daughter. It's been a big year.
How do you manage juggling your day job and your sporting career?
Work is really good. The club gives us the travel schedule at the start of the year and I manage my leave around it. We have 12 away games in places like Rocky, Mackay and Ipswich. My Work Group Leader is really good and the guys understand.
You have a physical job. Do you feel sore on Monday at work? How do you manage?
(Laughs) I have a good crew, so we rotate who's up in the air, especially now it's getting a bit hotter. You definitely feel it when you have all the gear on.
And are you due back at work on Monday?
(Laughs) No, I am going to take the week off work after this match and have a bit of a break.
Can we expect to see you in an NRL side at some stage?
(Laughs) No, I am on the wrong side of 30. I am not sure how much longer I will play. I started playing for the Pride in 2008.
Armchair fans can tune in to Channel 9/WIN to watch Jason and the Pride play at 3.55pm (AEDT) on Sunday 5 October.
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