Ken Stephen Medal: Tim Mannah
Parramatta Eels captain Tim Mannah has been nominated for the 2017 Ken Stephen Medal.
Tim is undoubtedly one of Rugby League's most dedicated players, both to his team and to his charity work. Not only does the Eels captain play a pivotal role as an ambassador for multiple causes, but he has also launched his own charity, the Mannah Foundation.
Tim launched the Mannah Foundation in 2013 in honour of his brother, Jon, who passed away from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The foundation partners with youth charities to raise money for those less fortunate in Jon's memory.
Tim has tirelessly committed more hours to community work than any other Eels player, something he has done consistently for the past three seasons. Not content to stop there, as a respected senior player, Tim is always pushing the Eels squad to follow his lead.
Through the Eels' partner charity, Tim has formed several close friendships with children and families at the Children's Hospital Westmead and Ronald McDonald House Westmead; often turning up unannounced but always leaving a lasting impact. Tim understands that he will not remain an NRL player indefinitely and places great emphasis on the need for teammates to take ownership of community programs. He has been instrumental in mentoring young players on the importance of giving back.
This year, as a Stay Kind Ambassador, Tim avidly promoted the campaign's key messages, made himself available for all media duties, and took a key role in the Stay Kind Day Match where the Eels took on the Wests Tigers.
The Ken Stephen Medal
Ken Stephen was an administrator who devoted 28 years to the NSWRL in various capacities. He retired shortly before his death in 1988. The Ken Stephen Medal recognises the efforts of an NRL player, who has not only achieved on the field, but has also committed time off the field to community projects.
A player is nominated by their NRL club for their involvement in charity work, youth development or community support. The nominated player will have consistently demonstrated their commitment to making a difference in their community and be seen as a role model in this area at their NRL club.
The NRL Community Awards recognise Rugby League's unsung heroes for the tireless work they do to support the game they love. From volunteers and teachers, to players at a first-grade level, the awards pause to honour, reflect and congratulate those who make a positive difference for many in their communities, week after week.