Wear your support for Origin

Jason Volp, manager of Amart All Sports Toowoomba, is kept busy selling State of Origin merchandise.
Jason Volp, manager of Amart All Sports Toowoomba, is kept busy selling State of Origin merchandise. Bev Lacey

AS FAR as Jason Volp is concerned, there is no choice to be made when it comes to which team to support at State of Origin time.

"I was born in Queensland and raised in Queensland, so it's only natural to support Queensland," the manager of Toowoomba's Amart All Sports store said.

"I love State of Origin and I love Queensland. I love the spirit of the Maroons - and the fact that they just keep on winning."

State of Origin is one of the busiest times of year for the Amart All Sports store, with plenty of people coming in to buy items to show their support for the Queensland team.

Not a day goes by, Jason said, that Origin items are not sold, with the days close to the matches themselves generating plenty of sales.

And customers have no shortage of Origin items form which to choose - jerseys (in either "pro" or "classic" versions), polo shirts, t-shirts, singlets, caps, beanies, scarves and footballs.

"We've got everything really, for men, women and children," Jason said.

"We have the biggest range of Origin gear in Toowoomba."

So focussed is Jason at this time of year on selling "as many jerseys as possible" that he will not be able to make the game to see his beloved Maroons in action.

But he's not too crushed - he was lucky enough to travel to Roma with the Queensland State of Origin team last week.

"Lots of work goes into maintaining stock around Origin time - you have to alway be responding to demand and making sure you can meet that demand each day," Jason said.

"Even in Roma, I was busy selling Origin items.

"But it was great to have the chance to mingle a bit with the team and meet them - and get them to sign stuff."

So is Jason as passionate about playing football as watching it?

It would appear not.

"I play golf," he said.

"That's the thing these days - people aren't just limited to football and soccer in winter and tennis and cricket in summer.

"There are so many more sports to choose from. I don't think people are less interested in playing sport than they used to be - their interests are just more diverse."

 

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