Melbourne Storm winger Matt Duffie is in the running to win the prestigious Ken Stephen Medal presented by Telstra for his work in the community.
The 24-year old is among 15 other nominees who have been involved in a range of programs from supporting professional athletes studying at university to dedicating countless hours to children’s literacy programs and striving to stamp out bullying in schools across the country.
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Specifically for Duffie, the NRL has recognised his great work with The Epilepsy Foundation. Duffie has been involved with the foundation since 2011 when they joined Melbourne Storm's network of charity partners. Among other things, he has spent time with families and children affected by epilepsy and hosted them at Storm games.
Members of the public can make a difference by voting for the player they feel is most deserving of such the medal voting at: nrl.com/kenstephenmedal.
Voting is live to the public from midday Monday, 1 September until midnight on Wednesday, 10 September.
The Ken Stephen Medal is named after the NSWRL administrator who dedicated 28 years of service to the game.
Finalists for 2014 Ken Stephen Medal presented by Telstra are:
Brisbane Broncos - Josh McGuire
Canberra Raiders - Joel Edwards
Canterbury Bulldogs - Trent Hodkinson
Cronulla Sharks - Michael Gordon
Gold Coast Titans - Ryan James
North Queensland Cowboys - Gavin Cooper
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles - Brenton Lawrence
Melbourne Storm - Matt Duffie
Newcastle Knights - Robbie Rochow
New Zealand Warriors - Manu Vatuvei
Parramatta Eels - Ben Smith
Penrith Panthers - Nigel Plum
St George Illawarra Dragons - Ben Creagh
Sydney Roosters - Anthony Minichiello
Wests Tigers - Dene Halatau
In the past, the medal has been won by Rugby League legends including Wayne Pearce, Paul Harragon, Nathan Hindmarsh, Hazem El Masri, David Peachey, Preston Campbell and Johnathan Thurston.