Vote for Tim Mannah for the Ken Stephen Medal!
Friday 30 August 2013 1:30 PM
Pirtek Parramatta Eels Club Captain Tim Mannah has been named this year as a nominee for the prestigious Ken Stephen Medal.
To be awarded at the annual NRL One Community Awards during Grand Final Week, Mannah joins the likes of Scott Prince, Clint Newton and Joe Galuvao who are all nominated for their involvement in charity work, youth development and community support.
Mannah is involved with a number of charities and initiatives holding an ambassadorial role with Ronald McDonald House and junior league club the Guildford Owls as well as throwing his support behind the Cancer Council’s Call To Arms campaign and ‘Stella Fella’, helping combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
He has also introduced the Eels to the ‘String Movement’, an initiative to disarm bullying by raising awareness, building a global community and providing pathways to education and training for students.
"Its one of those awards that are very humbling to be nominated for,” said Mannah.
“There are so many NRL players doing great work in the community who are changing peoples lives in the process so to be honoured with this nomination I am so very grateful."
"To be recognised in this way will mean a lot to my family. I feel fortunate everyday to be raised by them and this is really a credit to them. The year we have had as a family, it has been a wake up call to me that I want to help people as much as I can and make a real difference in the community."
"As NRL players we are in a privileged position where we can have a really positive influence to peoples lives. As players we get a lot more out of meeting the people we do, grateful for the opportunity to meet such inspirational people in the community."
Eels Head Coach Ricky Stuart is also full of praise for his Club Captain.
"Tim Mannah represents everything our players should be in the community,” Stuart said.
“His tireless work helping those less fortunate, especially this year during such a difficult period for his family, has been an inspiration to everyone associated with him. He is an absolute credit to his family, his club and our game."
Parramatta Eels fans will have a chance to vote for Tim Mannah with the ‘public’ winner earning one vote for the final judging stage. Voting for the Ken Stephen Medal will open at the end of the month.
The seventh annual NRL One Community Awards will be held on Monday, 30 September, at Sydney’s Town Hall and is set to be an inspiring evening of celebration for the contributions made by NRL’s unsung heroes including volunteers, grassroots clubs, teachers, students, and NRL players.
Since 1988 the Ken Stephen Medal has honoured the likes of ARL Commissioner, Wayne Pearce, Andrew Ettingshausen, Mark Coyne, Peter Sterling, Hazem El Masri, Nathan Hindmarsh, Andrew Ryan, Sam Thaiday and last year’s winner, Johnathan Thurston, for their contributions to the game and the community.
The One Community Awards has a prize pool of over $50,000 across eight award categories including the Holden National Volunteer of the Year, Harvey Norman Women in League Achievement Awards (Professional and Volunteer), Telstra One Community Grassroots Club of the Year, AAMI Service to Refereeing, AAMI Service to the Community Award, ARL Commission National Teacher of the Year (Primary and Secondary School) and the ARL Commission Young Indigenous Learn Earn Legend! Award.
The 2013 Ken Stephen Medal is presented by Telstra with the sponsor awarding $5,000 to the winner and $5,000 to their favourite charity.
Congratulations Tim, all the best for the award!