Brenton Baira of the Dolphins Poised for Rugby League Stardom

Redcliffe Dolphins' Brenton Baira Poised for Rugby League Stardom
Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Instagram/Brenton Baira

Dolphins flyer Brenton Baira is making a name for himself as an exciting young talent in the world of rugby league. With blistering speed and outstanding ball skills, Baira is poised to become a future star of the game.



Football runs in the family

Football runs in Brenton’s blood. His father is former NRL player Royston Lightning, known for his own blistering pace playing for the Canberra Raiders.

“My dad has been a big influence on my footy,” says the 20-year-old. Growing up, Brenton picked up a football “since [he] was four or five years old,” watching his father play and learning from him. That family connection and mentorship has helped shape Brenton into the player he is today.

In addition, Brenton’s uncle is Roy Baira, coach of the Hastings Deering Colts’ back-to-back premiers Townsville Blackhawks. Roy acknowledges his nephew “definitely got his speed and aggression” from his father Lightning.

Standout 2023 for Brenton Baira

Brenton Baira
Photo Credit: Instagram/Redcliffe Dolphins

This season, Brenton has split time between the Hastings Deering Colts and the Hostplus Cup for the Dolphins. He has excelled in both competitions, impressing fans with his elusive running style. Coach Scott Murray praises Baira’s versatility across positions and grades, and said that his blistering pace makes him a constant try-scoring threat.

Their loss to the Brisbane Tigers in the Hastings Deering Colts preliminary finals spoiled a potential grand final clash between Brenton and his uncle Roy’s Blackhawks side.



The future is bright

With the confidence and natural talent passed down from his father, Brenton Baira has all the makings of a future NRL star. The young flyer is already training full-time with the Dolphins NRL squad and continues to improve each season.

With a passion for the game and undeniable ability, Baira is one to watch for the future.

Published 20 September 2023