A reward for perseverance – Brisbane City winger Alex Gibbon’s rapid rugby rise

Alex Gibbon in action for the Queensland Reds earlier this year. Image: QRU Media

Alex Gibbon in action for the Queensland Reds earlier this year. Image: QRU Media

Gibbon in action for Brisbane City last weekend. Image: QRU Media

Gibbon in action for Brisbane City last weekend. Image: QRU Media

rugby.com.au: I’ve been lucky enough to interview and chat with lots sportspeople in this line of work, but few have struck me as much as Brisbane City winger Alex Gibbon did this week. As we worked our way through his rugby life, and how he made potentially life-changing but completely rational decisions along the way, one constant thought was in mind: this kid is far more worldly and switched on than your average 24-year-old.

The backstory of Alex Gibbon is reasonably well known in rugby circles: he and his brother grew up on their grandparent’s NSW north coast farm with his cerebral palsy-afflicted mother, having escaped their abusive, but mentally-challenged father as Alex entered high school.

This isn’t a re-telling of that story, but rather the incredibly inspiring rugby story that has come from that far-from-idyllic upbringing…

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