Parramatta Eels forward Nathan Brown has today been announced as the Parramatta Eels nominee for the 2019 Ken Stephen Medal.
Brown is amongst some of the game’s biggest names to be nominated by their clubs.
The 2019 Ken Stephen Medallist will be announced during Grand Final week, with voting now open on NRL.com providing fans the opportunity to select the nominee they feel deserves to be a finalist. The player with the highest number of votes will be included as one of four finalists announced next month.
Three other player finalists will be voted via a panel of judges from across the game’s administration.
Brown has been a proud ambassador for Eels' Charity Partner the Children's Hospital at Westmead for 2 years. Regularly attending events on behalf of the hospital in his own spare time, including City 2 Surf, Easter Shows stands, Balls, Fundraising dinners, home sickness videos/events, Race for Grace and creating fundraising pages and sharing across his social media pages.
On his days off, Brown often volunteers his time to visit some of the sick kids and their families at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, taking other players and staff with him.
This is the 31st year of the Ken Stephen Medal, with the award recognising the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on the field, but has committed time off the field to supporting community projects.
2019 will also see the introduction of a reciprocal medal for a female NRL player – the Veronica White Medal – with nominees also announced next month.
Fan voting is open on the NRL’s community page on NRL.com through to 9:00am on Monday 19 August.
The 2019 Ken Stephen Medal nominees are:
Andrew McCullough – Brisbane Broncos
Sia Soliola – Canberra Raiders
Adam Elliot – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Josh Dugan – Cronulla Sharks
Michael Gordon – Gold Coast Titans
Joel Thompson – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Josh Addo-Carr – Melbourne Storm
Connor Watson – Newcastle Knights
Gavin Cooper – North Queensland Cowboys
Nathan Brown – Parramatta Eels
Frank Winterstein – Penrith Panthers
Corey Norman – St George-Illawarra Dragons
James Tedesco – Sydney Roosters
Agnatius Paasi – New Zealand Warriors
Josh Aloiai – Wests Tigers