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Winner: Theresa Tasaico, Riverwood Legion JRLFC, New South Wales

Finalists: Tamara Musto (Western Australia), Robert Neil Redfern (Queensland)

When Theresa started her Rugby League journey by watching her two boys play Rugby League, she did not realise the measurable difference she would have on Rugby League in the community in years to come. 

Theresa’s passion for Rugby League in her community drove her to help restart Riverwood Legion Junior Rugby League Football Club (RLJRLFC), which had been dormant for many years.  Theresa is an enthusiastic and passionate volunteer who donates over 18 hours per week to the club. She divides her time between many important roles including-  Club Secretary, Canteen Manager, Executive Board Member, Team Manager and Welfare Manager. She also holds a number of Team Manager roles and the role of Vice President at the St George Junior League club.

Theresa understands the needs of the club and is always the first to volunteer her own time for extra tasks to raise funds for the club. If it is selling tickets at the Stadium or running a fundraiser Bunnings barbeque, or the Junior League Gala Days, Theresa is there and is always humble in what she achieves.

Theresa has been an articulate campaigner for her club and it has grown and flourished as a result of her hard work. As well as nine Rugby League teams, a range of women’s and girl’s League Tag teams and an Over 35 Men’s League Tag and Men’s A Grade Teams have been introduced to the growing club.

Theresa was determined to show that Rugby League can unite the community together, through hard work and dedication she has grown a local club and achieved this goal.

EISS Super NRL Volunteer of the Year Award

The EISS Super NRL Volunteer of the Year, will have provided exceptional service to the game and made a measurable difference in their community. The nominee must demonstrate the NRL's beliefs of Inclusive, Positive, United and Disciplined, as well as a unique contribution to their community through rugby league.

2020 Volunteer of the Year winner 

Mr Chidiac, volunteer of the year winner, is a board member of Wheelchair Rugby League, has devoted 25 years to the game, in particular creating and growing Wheelchair Rugby League competitions. He was a driving force in establishing Wheelchair Rugby League competitions initially in NSW followed by Queensland and now the Northern Territory. 

Mr Chidiac has also taken an active role developing Wheelchair Rugby League State of Origin, the Wheelchair Rugby League International Test Series and Australia’s involvement in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

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Joseph Chidiac named 2020 National Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year 2020 – Finalists

Clinton Begg, Mackay and Districts Rugby League Referees (Mackay)

Kristine Laird, Kiama Knights Junior Rugby League Football club (Kiama)

Stephen Gear, Mareeba Junior Rugby League (Cairns)

2019 winner

Bevan Owens from Normanton Stingers Rugby League Club (Queensland Rugby League).

Normanton volunteer revives rugby league in Gulf

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2019 finalists

Thomas "George" Hickey, Dudley Redhead Magpies (Country Rugby League)

Damien Mackey, Carlingford Cougars (NSW Rugby League)

Sal Kawai, Wodonga Storm (NRL Victoria)