The NRL Community Awards are a way for rugby league to acknowledge the unsung heroes that help to make ours the Greatest Game of All.
The Gold Coast Titans are pleased to announce that we have three nominations in this year’s NRL Community Awards, following on from last year when club captain Ryan James was awarded the Ken Stephen Medal for service to the community.
In the Community Program of the Year Award, the Titans Deadly Futures program has been nominated.
The NRL Community Program of the Year Award recognises, celebrates and rewards excellent and innovative community programs which significantly improve outcomes for their community and fosters a culture of learning, supporting and sharing of excellent practice.
The Titans Deadly Futures program encourages young Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander students to learn more about their culture but most importantly about themselves to build a better and greater community.
The Titans are very proud to announce that Holly Summers has been nominated for the Young Person of the Year Award.
This award is presented to a young person, aged between 12 and 24, who has participated in an NRL Community or NRL Club program, and contributed to their community through rugby league – by encouraging others to participate, or raising awareness for societal issues.
Holly has participated in the Titans Deadly Futures program and is currently a participant of the NRL School to Work program.
Holly represented the Gold Coast Titans at the 2018 NRL Indigenous All Stars Youth Leadership Summit, where she was voted Female Youth Ambassador runner-up from 30 other female applicants.
Holly has volunteered at the Titans home games, with 50-50 Charity Raffle, as well as with Disabled Surfers Association.
She is school captain of Pacific Pines SHS and was recently awarded the Peter Doherty for Excellence in STEM Education - Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student Award.
Holly has completed the 15k, 30k, 48k Kokoda challenges and this year the 96k challenge.
In the Ken Stephen Medal, veteran fullback Michael Gordon is the nomination from the Gold Coast – aiming to become the fourth Titan behind James (2018), Luke Douglas (2015) and Preston Campbell (2008) to win the award.
The Ken Stephen Medal recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on the field.
Gordon more than fits that bill, epitomising the Titans’ commitment to the community since joining the club at the end of 2017.
Being a senior member of the Titans playing group, and one of the longest-serving players in the NRL, “Flash” understands the importance of giving back to the community and is always one of the first to volunteer his time.
Since joining the Titans, Gordon is consistently among the players with the most hours logged in community work. He is also an ambassador for Play NRL, helping the next generation of players to develop their love of the game, among other worthy causes and charities.
We are very proud of all of our nominees in the NRL Community Awards for 2019, and wish them the best of luck when the winners are announced.