Murray Hurst was born in Surat, outback Queensland, in 1957 on his family’s sheep station, ‘Wylarah’. He is the youngest of five children, with three sisters – Donella, Peta and Terry and one brother, Hilton – to his parents – Jack and Noela.

In 1979, Murray met his wife, Pam. They became engaged three months after their first meeting and were later married in 1981 and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have a wonderful daughter and son together – Yana and Jarrod – and a gorgeous granddaughter – Vera.

Over the years, Murray has had many careers, from being an Airline Manager to a Construction Manager followed by Coaching Rugby League teams, both National and International. More recently he has been state Wellbeing and Education Manager for the National Rugby League in Queensland.

Murray is a strong advocate for mental health and resilience. He has given many presentations on these topics to teams and business houses. In early 2020, Murray was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

“Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst is not to try. Failure is the opportunity to start again, more intelligently.” – adapted from Henry Ford