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About the Medal

The Veronica White Medal is an award that recognises the incredible contributions that so many female rugby league players are making to their local communities and beyond. Criteria for the Veronica White Medal is in line with the Ken Stephen Medal, with the eventual female recipient having demonstrated their commitment to making a difference in their local community, whilst playing rugby league at an elite level throughout the year.

Gold Coast Titan, Karina Brown 2020 Winner!

For Karina Brown, wearing the Gold Coast Titans jersey is a privilege. Always among the first to volunteer in the community, Karina leads by example. 

Karina understands the importance of giving back to her community. Local junior clubs greatly benefit from regular visits by Karina. She eagerly attends Open Days, assisting the female teams and mentoring young players. Travelling for hours each week, in her own time, Karina ensures she is regularly cheering, mentoring and supporting young female players at their games.

Karina’s passion for inclusivity, in and out of the game of Rugby League, has driven her

interest in advocating for LBNTQI+ issues. Karina volunteers her own time to support Wear it Purple, a LGBTQI+ charity.

Inspiring women to reach for the stars, Karina wrote and released a song titled ‘She’s Got Confidence’.  Many young, female Rugby League players featured in the accompanying video clip to the song, to inspire young females to follow their dreams and play Rugby League.

Not having the opportunity to play Rugby League in her youth, Karina has a true passion to inspire females to play the game they love. Although, a true role model in the community, Karina seeks to serve in a humble manner.

2021 Nominees

Jocelyn Kelleher – Sydney Roosters

Wearing her tri-colours with pride, Jocelyn Kelleher proudly gives back to the youth in her community-  beyond her club commitments.

Selfless and dedicated are two words used to describe Jocelyn as she leads community programs for the club while juggling a NRLW career, tertiary study and work commitments.

 Jocelyn teaches and inspires youth about health and wellbeing, and promotes participation in Rugby League through the Roosters Central Coast School Blitz. Visiting numerous schools and positively impacting hundreds of students, Jocelyn uses her profile and her time to inspire students to live a healthy lifestyle.

Jocelyn is an enthusiastic participant in all the club’s community-based initiatives. Giving up her own time to attend numerous youth events, such as, Ourimbah League Tag, Broken Bay Secondary Sports Association Girls Rugby League is common practise for Jocelyn.  She  eagerly ran training sessions with the female participants and presented the team jerseys at these community events. Her involvement in the club’s Girls Get Active Day is another example of Jocelyn’s commitment and enthusiasm to inspire youth to live a healthy lifestyle, through Rugby League.

On the field, in the community or in schools, Jocelyn represents the NRL’s core beliefs of inclusivity, positivity and unity.

Simaima Taufa – Parramatta Eels

2017 Dally M and 2018 RLPA International Player of the year award winner, Simaima Tafu makes a significant impact on the field and within the community.

At grassroots level, Simaima gives her own time to the Penrith Emu Plains JRLFC, setting up sheds, washing jerseys, distributing supplies and supporting players on Game Day.

In her prestigious role as Western Sydney NRL Ambassador and Premier’s Sporting Challenge Ambassador, Simaima is passionately involved in numerous club programs. She has delivered the NRL League Stars program across Sydney and has extensively travelled to rural regions of NSW to promote and deliver Rugby League development programs.

Internationally, Simaima has made a significant impact in Tonga, launching and promoting the Voice Against Violence program in 2018 in a bid to address and reduce incidences of family violence. To support Rugby League development in Tonga, Simaima regularly donates Rugby League playing kits to youth clubs.

As the inaugural captain of the Parramatta Eels NRLW team,  Simaina is always among the first to volunteer and partake in any club community events, Simaima leads by example.

Tallisha Harden – Brisbane Broncos

Tallisha Harden is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman, a leader on and off the field, who has proudly represented her club, state and country. Tallisha uses her public profile to inspire girls and women.

A star of the game, Tallisha also works as a speech pathologist, improving communication for individuals in the community. With club commitments and a busy career, Tallisha is never too busy to use her profile to help the community. She is a passionate leader of the Beyond the Broncos program – improving school attendance and Year 12 attainment rates  for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Tallisha’s work in the community extends well beyond club expectations. Regular trips to her hometown of Woodridge allow Tallisha to give back to her local community. Inspiring girls to join Rugby League and mentoring girls within the local club, Tallisha has been recognised as a ‘Woodridge Local Legend’.

Tallisha’s positive attitude and determination ensure she aims to be the best she can be, inspiring others to reach their full potential too.

Georgia Hale 2020 Winner

The 2020 Veronica White Medallist was New Zealand Warriors' Georgia Hale - an incredible role model on and off the field!

HONEY HIREME 2019 WINNER

The inaugural Veronica White Medallist is New Zealand Warriors' Honey Hireme!

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.