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Steve Renouf

Well known Aboriginal Rugby League player Steve Renouf (aka 'The Pearl'), played for the Brisbane Broncos (QLD) and Australia through the 1980's and 1990's. Steve made it to the top of his game just as he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, proving that determination and diligent lifestyle management can help meet any challenge. Steve became known as one of the best centres in the history of the game.

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Steve Renouf's Biography

When nine year old Steve Renouf started kicking a footy across the fields of his small Central Queensland town, he never imagined that he would one day score the winning try in a World Cup match. He never imagined that he would develop Type 1 Diabetes and it never crossed his mind that he would rise to the challenge of caring for three children with diabetes.

Steve was 17 years old when he signed up with the Brisbane Broncos in 1987. the young footballer showed much talent and his future looked promising. At the age of 23 however, Steve fell seriously ill very suddenly. When the doctor diagnosed him with Type 1 Diabetes, Steve was actually relieved. Having this condition for most of his professional football career, Steve had not only lived with diabetes - he excelled with it.

Steve went on to create  his legend which put him in the top 10 tryscorers of all time in the National Rugby League premiership competition. He also made the Queensland State of Origin team in 1991 before progressing to the Australian side in 1992, a year that saw him make the winning try in the World Cup. He signed with English team Wigan in 1999 and was selected in both its 2000 and 2001 dream teams before he retired in 2002.

Following his return to Australia, Steve continued playing football for Easts in the Queensland Cup alongside former Broncos teammate Darren Smith. During the 2007 season at the Bronco's 20-year anniversary celebration, the club announced a list of the 20 best players to play for them to date, which included Steve.

After retirement, Steve went on to work as a sideline commentator for Triple M's 'Blood, Sweat and Beers' sports Show. In 2006, he released his biography titled 'The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story'. This book is a moving story of Steve, his family and his Aboriginal identity. The story is written by sports journalist and broadcaster, John Harms and the book recounts Steve's football career from his first junior game to his last A-grade match in the Queensland Cup competition.

In August 2008, Steve was named at centre in the Indigenous Team of the Century.

Steve currently lives in Brisbane and works with the Get Active Queensland Schools Program which promotes healthy lifestyles and physical/outdoor activities amongst children. He has also established a Diabete-ezy website and organisation with his wife Elissa to support families (like themselves) living with children with Type 1 Diabetes.