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Life of Brian: Kelly nominated for Ken Stephen Medal

Gold Coast Titans' centre Brian Kelly has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to charity work, youth development, and community support and it is just some of the reasons he is the club's 2024 Ken Stephen Medal nominee.

Kelly's efforts have significantly impacted various communities, showcasing his dedication to making a difference both on and off the field.

Vote for Brian Kelly for the 2024 Ken Stephen Medal here.

The Ken Stephen Medal - Man of the Year recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on the field, but has committed time off the field to community projects.

Players are nominated by their NRL club for going above and beyond in their involvement in charity work, youth development or community support.

One of Kelly’s notable contributions is his longstanding involvement with Down Syndrome Queensland (DSQ).

DSQ provides essential support and services to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, ranging from prenatal support to employment services.

Kelly has organised and promoted the Down Syndrome Run Out since his days with the U20s team over 11 years ago, highlighting his ongoing dedication to supporting DSQ and promoting community participation.

The Titans loveable larrikin, Kelly, has been actively engaged in the Titans’ Leagueability program, which aims to foster inclusivity in rugby league.

Kelly surprises participants with visits to their training sessions, bringing joy and encouragement to everyone involved.

Kelly's commitment to community earns Ken Stephen Medal nomination

In times of crisis, such as during the 2022 floods in the Northern Rivers region, Kelly exemplified bravery and community spirit by participating in clean up operations alongside his family and club volunteers.

His involvement underscores his willingness to support his community in times of need.

Furthermore, Kelly is a proud Aboriginal Bundjalung man and has been a proactive member of the Titans Cultural Collective.

He is deeply involved in the Titans Deadly Futures program, working closely with Preston Campbell OAM to deliver programs that assist First Nations young adults across the Titans’ catchment area.

This initiative aims to provide support and guidance to Indigenous youth, fostering personal growth and community empowerment.

Kelly’s commitment to cultural awareness initiatives, Indigenous mentorship programs, and his ongoing contributions to Down Syndrome Queensland and the Leagueability program illustrate his significant impact on building a more inclusive and resilient community.

His dedication to these causes makes him a deserving nominee for recognition such as the Ken Stephen Medal, acknowledging his profound influence both on and off the rugby league field.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.