Each week our special NRL ambassadors willrotate writing duties to bring you up to date with the latest off-field RugbyLeague news from around the country, including the far-reaching beneficialimpacts of dedicated One Community programs. This week Nathan Hindmarshdelivers a reminder about the upcoming Women in League Round.
The Women in League Round isnot far away – which means break out the pink jerseys, tell your mum how greatshe is, grab a family pass for the footy and go out and support your team!
Next week marks the seventh annual Harvey Norman Womenin League Round, held during Round 10 (May 17-20). The initiative pays tribute to more than 60,000 femalevolunteers, officials, players, employees and administrators at the heart ofthe game.
TheRound is our way of saying thank you to these women for the enormouscontribution they make to Rugby League. From women volunteering in the canteen,to Development Officers coaching our Grassroots, all the way up to CatherineHarris AO PSM,NRL Commissioner, these women play a massive role inkeeping Rugby League the Greatest Game of All.
My mum played a massive role in my career. Not only did shedrive me from Robertson to Parramatta three times a week for SG Ball training,she was also the one who told me to keep on trying when I thought it was alltoo hard.
Mothers will always play a huge part in their child’s careerand in my case so too has my wife, Bonnie. She has supported me throughout themajority of my career as well as working on her own career within the game. Shestarted in the beginning as a Development Officer and since then has had a vastarray of roles within the Parramatta club including: Media Manager, Events andGame-Day Manager and Operations Manager. Along with this she manages our homelife and our three young boys.
I have also been lucky enough to win the Harvey NormanFavourite Son award, in 2010. This award recognises players who embody thevalues and qualities of a role model for families and junior players. Again,this is a quality I received from my parents – in particular my mum. Any one ofthe nominees this year is worthy of winning the award (although my vote goes toa good friend of mine, Danny Buderus).
To vote for this year’s Harvey Norman Favourite Son nomineesgo to: nrl.com/favouriteson
I think it is safe to say if you did a survey and askedevery NRL player who had the greatest influence on their career, more than halfwould say it was their mother.
So to all you footy players out there, when your mum kicksyou out of bed this Saturday morning, or drives you to your game, say thanksand let her know how much it’s appreciated!