Western stars Lillyann Mason-Spice and Bec Smyth made a big impact for the ACT Brumbies on the field this year and now the Super W club is making its presence felt off it.
The Brumbies' 2022 pre-season has begun and there's extra purpose this time around.
The Brumbies have joined the fight against childhood cancer by teaming up with club great and a Wallabies World Cup hero in Owen Finegan.
Finegan is the chief executive of the Kids' Cancer Project, and the organisation has launched a 'Better Challenge' which has seen people from across Australia sign up to run, ride, walk or roll 90 kilometres in September as part of childhood cancer awareness month.
Brumbies players and staff have taken on the challenge to add another element to their pre-season schedules, with funds being invested in scientific research to find kinder, more effective, better treatments for children with cancer.
"It's a bit of a shame COVID has hit across Australia. The Brumbies are helping us raise awareness. Initially they were going to be doing a 90 kilometres in a day relay with all their players and their staff," Finegan said.
"Obviously with restrictions and COVID, some of the team and staff have joined the Better challenge.
"We've been amazed by the response. We've had over 3500 people participate. To date they have walked around the circumference of Australia 10 times and they have raised over $800,000 towards childhood cancer research."
The Brumbies are looking to build to a bigger 2022 campaign after winning just one match in a COVID-impacted 2021 competition.
Narromine Gorillas veteran Smyth still managed to shine bright for the Brumbies and she was named the player of the year while Dubbo Kangaroos star Mason-Spice was named the club's best young player.