The Brisbane Lions are a competitive bunch.
It comes out on the golf course and all the time at training.
And it was on display when voting went out to see who would be heading taking an icy plunge as part of Big Freeze 6 next month.
The annual Big Freeze event has become a major part of the football calendar on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday where a host of sporting and media personalities take the plunge into Australia’s most famous ice bath.
Although Covid 19 restrictions have forced a slight change in plan for this year’s event, there was no stopping the football community from once again throwing its support behind the FightMND cause, headlined by the legendary Neale Daniher.
It has been coaches in the past but in 2020 one player from each of the 18 AFL clubs will take part from their home city this year.
A poll was run on lions.com.au last week where voters could choose who from Lachie Neale, Dayne Zorko, Mitch Robinson and Charlie Cameron would enjoy their first nationally televised ice bath.
The winner was Mitch Robinson.
“I thought I’d be a sneaky chance, I was hoping I’d win because I’ve watched this closely over the years and always wanted to get involved,’’ he said.
“It’s been coaches going down the slide in the past but once it was opened up to players, I really wanted the opportunity.’’
As is tradition, Robinson isn’t allowed to reveal his costume, but he couldn’t help pumping up his chances of stealing the show.
“My uniform will be a fan favourite, let’s just say my character has been much talked about,’’ he said.
The wingman probably won’t be seeking any advice from his coach on how to best handle the occasion given Fages’ suffered a hamstring injury two years ago when he took the plunge dressed as a Reverend in support of his great mate Daniher.
Founded in 2014, FightMND was established with the purpose of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.
Tune into Channel 7 and 7 MATE on Monday, June 8 to watch.