Shine Lawyers North Lakes Branch Manager Michelle Curtis with GBJRL committee member Dave Gatt; junior players Ben Kellaway, Cameron Gill and Nakita Tafili-sao; and Peter Gibson (back right), Shine Lawyers General Manager Queensland.
QRL South East Queensland Division Chairman Brad Tallon today unveiled Shine Lawyers as a premier partner for the Division’s three junior rugby league bodies in this region – Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast.
With more than 20,000 junior players from under 6’s to under 18’s, the South East is responsible for more than 40% of the state’s players in these ranks.
“Rugby League at present is entering a period of evolution and in this exciting time to add a strong business partner like Shine Lawyers will only enhance our ability to offer a highly attractive junior sport option to members throughout the South East Queensland regions,” Mr Tallon said.
Mr Tallon also acknowledged the commitment of the League administration staff in finalising a suitable arrangement that catered for the specific needs of Shine Lawyers. In particular Brisbane’s Simone Casey who was instrumental during the preliminary discussions, as well as Ty Chapman from the Gold Coast.
The new partnership extends Shine's commitment to junior rugby league, with the firm having been associated with the Ipswich Junior Rugby League since March, 2012, as the sponsor of the IJRL's development program.
Shine started in regional Queensland in 1976, and has grown to be recognised as one of Australia’s largest litigation Law firms. Shine are experts across a range of legal services – which include workers compensation, motor vehicle incidents, disability insurance and superannuation claims, financial adviser negligence, disaster insurance recovery, public liability and product liability.
Queensland is considered to be the “home” of Shine Lawyers, with 30 offices state-wide, and almost 40 branches throughout Australia. This connection to Queensland was an attractive incentive for the QRL’s South East Division to support this new sponsorship association, which will see the Shine Lawyers brand appear on every on-field jersey and shorts in competitions this season, as well as competition naming rights and other benefits.
Shine’s Chief Marketing Officer, Stephen Deane, said they were proud to form this relationship with the junior rugby league.
“The aim of this partnership is to provide support to the Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast communities through an investment into youth sport, health and education programs,” Mr Deane said.
“Shine has local branches throughout Queensland and we want to further develop our relationships with the communities we serve. Our hope is that through these links, community members will be inspired to stand up and right wrong when faced with injustice.
“When looking at partnerships, Shine always looks to work with organisations who share similar core values, and this commitment is evident throughout the junior rugby league network of clubs.”