Parramatta Eels NRLW player Shontelle Stowers has been nominated for the 2023 Veronica White Medal in recognition of her tremendous contributions to the community.
The Veronica White Medal highlights female rugby league players who have demonstrated their commitment to making a difference in their local community and beyond. The award was won by fellow Eels star Kennedy Cherrington in 2022.
The Eels’ 2023 nominee, Shontelle Stowers strives to make a difference in the community through her expertise in rugby league, wellness, and culture.
As a Breathwork Facilitator, Wellbeing Manager and Mentor, Shontelle regularly gifts her time and skill to facilitate breathwork sessions and wellbeing workshops for men and women in the community.
She is an ambassador for Waves of Wellness, a mental health charity providing surf therapy for rehabilitation. Through Waves of Wellness, she has participated in and raised funds for initiatives such as Ducktober and Plank Up the Volume.
In addition to her work in the wellness and mental health space, Shontelle is also committed to making change through rugby league and culture.
With more than 20 years of experience playing sport at an elite level, she lends her time running rugby league clinics for female players in her local area.
A proud Samoan woman, Shontelle is passionate about making positive contributions to her culture. She has invested in upskilling and learning through several courses to advance her cultural awareness and become better equipped in how she can contribute to the Pasifika and Māori communities.
She became the first Pasifika and Maori host on NRL.com's NRLW panel shows, incorporating Samoan and Māori language into her presentation.
“Contributing to the community, inspiring others to go for their dreams whatever they are, and leaving a legacy are very important to me,” said Shontelle.
“I am in a very privileged position where I can reach a lot of people as an NRLW player.
“The impact elite athletes can have on the quality of life among the community is enormous, and I’m fortunate I have the opportunity to make contributions where I can.”