Justin Cridland

Being recognised for my achievements is really special for me, but I think the biggest thing is just being compared to some of the people who have won the award previously – that’s a big honour.”

Justin Cridland is an Australian touch footballer and aspiring physiotherapist in his third year of study.

Cridland was last year’s captain of the UQ Rebels touch team, and recently represented Australia at the Federation of International Touch World Cup in Malaysia. His team remained undefeated throughout the competition, beating New Zealand in the final to take out the mixed open World Cup. Cridland’s most recent achievement is winning the NRL touch premiership with the Cowboys in August.

In 2018, he placed first as part of the Australian mixed team at the Trans-Tasman Competition. He has also won a National Touch League Elite Men’s title as part of the Queensland Cowboys, and captained the UQ mixed touch team to win a gold medal at the 2018 UniSport Nationals Division 1 competition.

Cridland is also a senior residential assistant at King’s College, and has set his sights on playing the 2023 World Cup as part of the men’s team.

College affiliation

King's College 2016–


UQ Sport Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) student