Goat Track renamed to celebrate the retirement of Johnathan Thurston

Date published: 20 August 2018

Townsville’s iconic Goat Track will be temporarily renamed after Cowboys champion Johnathan Thurston today, in celebration of his career and contribution to the local community.

The champion Cowboy’s captain is regarded as the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time) in the NRL and to commemorate his retirement, Townsville City Council has renamed the popular exercise route the ‘JT Track’ until September 7.

Mayor Jenny Hill said Johnathan Thurston is one of the greatest sporting champions of a generation and he has helped shape our community.

“JT is a hero among many in our community and I congratulate him on his outstanding NRL career,” Cr Hill said.

Everyone has amazing memories of JT on the field, but it’s his work off it that really deserves more recognition.
“Whether it’s his work with local sportspeople, schoolkids and indigenous community members, or lobbying to ensure Townsville got its new stadium – Thurston is central to it all.
“He is an inspirational player and one of the greatest sports stars in Australia. 

“To commemorate his retirement, we have renamed the Goat Track to the JT Track because he is the Greatest of All Time.

Cr Hill encouraged local footy fans to make sure that they take the opportunity to see Thurston play for the last time before he retires.

“Come support JT at his last home game this Friday, it’ll be a great send off to the end of an era for him and the Cowboys,” Cr Hill said.