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NRL Young Person of the Year


Presented to a young person aged 12 – 24 (born between 1999 -2011) who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the NRL’s mission of using rugby league to bring people together to enrich their lives.

Young people are the future leaders of our game and the wider community. The NRL Young Person of the Year Award recognises and celebrates the positive contribution of young people to the game of rugby league and the wider community.


Prize Package

  1. The winning prize package includes a $5,000 cash prize, a 2023 NRL Grand Final VIP experience, promotion of their community work across NRL platforms and more to be announced.
  2. The nominator of the winning nomination also scores themselves a $500 cash prize.



  1. Nominees must be born between the years 1999 – 2011.
  2. The nominee must be associated with Rugby League. This can include:
  • Volunteering at their local community rugby league club
  • A participant in a rugby league community program (NRL, NRL Club, State or Affiliated League)
  • A participant in a local rugby league school competition or program


The nominees must have demonstrated through their volunteer work the NRL’s beliefs that we are: Inclusive, Positive, United and Disciplined. 

The award criteria’s focus is primarily on the volunteer’s contribution for 2023 season, demonstrated through your responses to the following questions:

You can provide your answers to the nomination questions via a written or video response. For the written responses, a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words for each nomination criteria question is required. The more detail and thought put into the nomination, the more chance of being in the running.

  1. Please describe how the nominee is involved in Rugby League
  2. Please demonstrate, with examples, how the individual has encouraged others to participate in Rugby League and/or utilised Rugby League as a vehicle to enrich people’s lives.
  3. Please provide examples of how the volunteer has demonstrated the NRL’s beliefs of we are; Inclusive, Positive, United, and disciplined.
  4. Outline any additional effort or obstacles that were overcome by the individual to become a positive role model for their peers and local community?


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Young Person of the Year

2019 Winner

The NRL Young Person of the Year Winner is Holly Summers!

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