Voting has opened to select the 2016 Ken Stephen Medallist, with rugby league members and fans encouraged to select the player they believe best reflects leadership qualities befitting of the medal.
The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have nominated NRL forward John Asiata, who is not only a talented player but a true community ambassador, actively involved in many of the club’s community initiatives, as well as being an integral part of his church and the wider Townsville community.
The Ken Stephen Medal will be awarded during the 2016 Dally M Awards and recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved success and leadership on-field, but contributed to community projects off-field to make a positive difference and change.
NRL General Manager of Community Ellen Beale said the nominated players had all demonstrated exceptional community service throughout the season, quite often away from the media and public.
“Rugby league is fortunate to have strong community values and players across all levels of the game who support one another and their local communities,” Ms Beale said.
“Our NRL players are to be commended for their support and commitment to helping others less fortunate and the nominees for this year’s Ken Stephen Medal are among some of the best in our game when it comes to service and sacrifice off the field.”
All Ken Stephen Medal nominees this year will be officially congratulated and recognised at the 2016 NRL Community Awards, with nominees forming the inaugural NRL Community Team of the Year.