Vote now: Dally M Medal winner ascends to top
Rugby league: Ending 2017 a World Cup winner, Mackay flyer Brittany Breayley ascended to rugby league's best female player in a dream 2018.
Joining the Brisbane Broncos for the inaugural National Rugby League Women's competition, the former Brothers' star took the NRL by storm on her way to being awarded a Dally M Medal.
Recording three try assists, 61.1 average running metres and 31 tackles per game, Breayley was also a key cog in the Bronco's premiership run.
Breayley also topped the competition for touches (200), dummy-half runs (14) and was the second top tackler (93) behind fellow Dally M nominee, Krystal Rota.
One of the four horsewomen of Mackay women's rugby league along with World Cup winning captain Renae Kunst and former Australian representatives in Sam Bliss and Deanna Turner, Breayley has never forgotten where she is from.
While playing in Mackay's Indigenous Rugby League Carnival in October, Breayley also returned in May for the chance to represent the North Queensland Marlins in the Queensland Country Trials for the first time since 2012.
Cherishing the opportunity, Breayley said she was honoured to help more girls from the region aspire to reaching the top through a pathway which didn't exist for the fab four.
"I love coming back to Mackay, this is where I started my rugby league career and it's always good to give back to the community,” Breayley told the Daily Mercury.
"I started back in Mackay when I was 17 and now to see the development of the game, there's a huge pathway for the girls, so it's really great to see how it's evolved over the years.
"I was honoured to put on the jersey.”
Breayley is hoping to return to the Broncos to pick up where she left off in 2018.
"I still pinch myself every day... I can't believe I got to run out as a Bronco,” she said.
"As a young girl I never thought I'd get the opportunity to play in something as huge as the NRL.
"It was a short season, but it was a great one.
"To end the season as a premier and get the ring just like the men was an absolute honour.
"I can't wait to do it again if I get the opportunity.”