The 2020 Veronica White Medallist is New Zealand Warriors' Georgia Hale - an incredible role model on and off the field!
A champion sportswoman who has represented her country in four sports, Hale - the Warriors' community coordinator - was named the 2020 Young New Zealander of the Year on account of her exceptional off-field work. Hale routinely visits schools and has dedicated herself to helping children, rural communities, the intellectually disabled and a wide range of charities.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the club's outreach programs, but Hale continued to assist through Zoom calls as well as her own food-bank collections and wellbeing sessions with friends and family.
The Veronica White Medal is proudly supported by Apprenticeship Careers Australia.
Hale was honoured in a ceremony at ANZ Stadium before the Telstra Premiership grand final on Sunday. Watch the vision here !
2020 Veronica White Medallist – Georgia Hale
Celebrating the unsung heroes of women's rugby league
This award 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.
To read about the 2019 nominees and winners, visit the summary page.
To learn more about each of the 2020 Veronica White Medal nominees, read the article.
Ali Brigginshaw (Broncos)
Brigginshaw is a key part of the Beyond the Broncos mentoring team, helping to improve school attendance and year 12 attainment rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Always among the first to volunteer for community visits, Brigginshaw formed a special bond with young Charli Berghauser, who was diagnosed with a pineal cystic tumour, and went above and beyond to provide some special experiences.
Kezie Apps (Dragons)
Apps, who hails from Bega, was instrumental in St George Illawarra's bushfire relief tour to the south coast at the start of the year. The back-rower has been engaged in her club's "The Best You Can Be" health and wellbeing school program, leading and delivering a wide range of activities. She has also volunteered for an array of charities including the Fight Cancer Foundation and Illawarra Disability Trust - Score Dragons.
Simaima Taufa (Roosters)
Taufa worked on the Roosters' many community programs prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, spending 2-3 days each week involved in school and community outreach programs at grassroots clubs. A Voice Against Violence ambassador, Taufa has long been a role model. She lost her community employment with the Roosters due to COVID but has offered to volunteer her services in the future.