Gower named in Academic Team of the Year

Dyldam Parramatta Eels second-rower David Gower has been named in the NRL Academic Team of the Year at the NRL’s Community and Player Education Awards overnight.

In its ninth year, the awards honour grassroots clubs and members, teachers and community programs, as well as NRL and NYC players excelling in their educational and community endeavours.

While Gower was named in the NRL Academic Team of the Year, Tyrell Fuimaono was named in the NYC Team of the Year, and the Blue and Gold's own Eels Educate was also nominated for NRL Club Community Program of the Year, an honour that went to the St George-Illawarra Dragons.

NRL CEO Dave Smith said the awards were a highlight of the NRL’s Grand Final week celebrations and an opportunity to publically acknowledge some amazing achievements that largely go unnoticed.

“We have some incredible people who give their all for our game and it’s an honour to recognise so many of them in Grand Final week,” said Smith.

“From our elite players right through to the parents that help out with coaching and manning the canteens, our rugby league community is the strongest it’s ever been both on and off the field.”

NRL Community and Player Education Award Winners:

National Volunteer of the Year: Chris Kirkland, Collarenebri, Country Rugby League

Grassroots Club of the Year: Ellenbrook Rabbitohs, Ellenbrook, Western Australia Rugby League

National Teacher of the Year: David Graham, Palmerston, Northern Territory Rugby League

NRL Club Community Program of the Year: St George Illawarra Dragons – SCORE Dragons

NRL Indigenous Academic Excellence: George Rose and Joel Thompson

NRL Pasifika Academic Excellence: Dene Halatau and Bronson Harrison

NYC Apprentice of the Year: Bradie Smith

NRL Academic Team of the Year:

Club

Player

Qualification

Brisbane Broncos

Todd Lowrie

Certificate IV in Project Management

Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Certificate IV in Small Business

Certificate III in Property (Real Estate)

Canberra Raiders

David Shillington

Bachelor of Business – Canberra University

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

Brett Morris

Diploma of Business

Bachelor of Business (Finance)

Gold Coast Titans

Luke Douglas

Associate Degree in Surveying – University of Southern Queensland

Certificate IV in Career Development – Australian Trade College

Melbourne Storm

Dale Finucane

Bachelor of Health and Movement – Australian College of Physical Education 

New Zealand Warriors

Siliva Havili

Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) – Auckland University of Technology

North Queensland Cowboys

Rory Kostjasyn

Certificate III in Sport & Recreation

Certificate III & IV in Fitness

Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Parramatta Eels

David Gower

Certificate IV in Career Development

 

St George Illawarra Dragons

George Rose

Graduate Certificate in Commerce – University of Sydney

St George Illawarra Dragons

Joel Thompson

Diploma of Community Services – TAFE Illawarra

Sydney Roosters

Sam Moa

Certificate III in Building & Construction

Certificate IV in Career Development

Wests Tigers

James Tedesco

Bachelor of Health and Exercise Science – Australian Catholic University

Wests Tigers

Keith Galloway

Certificate IV in Career Development  - Career Development Campus

 

NYC Academic Team of the Year:

Club

Player

Qualification

Brisbane Broncos

Jack Tuttle

Bachelor of Business – Queensland University of Technology

Canberra Raiders

Lachlan Lewis

Bachelor of Engineering – Australian National University

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

Brandon Luamanu

 

Certificate III & IV in Fitness

Bachelor of Education - Australian College of Physical Education 

Teacher’s Aide at Dorchester School within Reiby Juvenile Detention Centre

Cronulla Sharks

Bradley Deitz

Bachelor of Health and Exercise Science – Australian Catholic University

Gold Coast Titans

Hayden Schwass

Certificate III in Electrot-technology – Gold Coast Institute of TAFE

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Will Pearsall

Certificate III in Carpentry - Orimbah TAFE

Melbourne Storm

Shae Ah Fook

Bachelor of Applied Science (Property and Valuation) (Honours)

– RMIT University

Newcastle Knights

Bradie Smith

Certificate III in Carpentry

Established his own Building Company – Bradie Smith Carpentry

North Queensland Cowboys

Kieran Quabba

Bachelor of Education – James Cook University

Parramatta Eels

Tyrell Fuimaono

Bachelor of Business & Commerce – University of Western Sydney

Penrith Panthers

Oliver Clark

Bachelor of Physiotherapy – Australian Catholic University

St George Illawarra Dragons

Jacob Host

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science – Australian Catholic University

New Zealand Warriors

Toafofoa Sipley

Bachelor of Education – Auckland University