Congratulations to Jacqueline Jones from Gladstone, who is this year’s winner of the Women in League Achievement Award: presented by Harvey Norman.
Jacqueline was presented with the award at a special ceremony for the NRL Community Awards in Sydney as part of NRL grand final week.
Read more about the award and about Jacqueline below – and watch the video above.
Women in League Achievement Award: presented by Harvey Norman
The Women in League Achievement Award is presented to a woman who has either acted as an outstanding advocate for the advancement and opportunity of women in rugby league or the advancement of rugby league generally.
This woman has raised awareness of women's involvement in rugby league, and played an active role in encouraging more girls and women to participate in rugby league. Or, she may have made a significant contribution to Rugby League development, competitions or events and demonstrated valuable service to the sport
Winner: Jacqueline Jones from Gladstone, Queensland
Background: When it comes to rugby league in Gladstone and District, there isn’t a role that Jacqueline hasn’t taken on. Treasurer, Registrar, Carnival, Rep and Competition Coordinator – the list goes on and on.
Jacqueline has clocked-up an enormous number of hours, sacrificing her free time and often travelling long distances, to raise awareness of women’s involvement in Rugby League and actively encourage opportunities for female participation.
Looking at Jacqueline’s achievements this year, it is a wonder that she has time for anything else! From driving the development of a recently-approved Centre of Excellence that incorporates four female dressing rooms, organising training and trial days that led to her junior female players representing their region, and managing the hugely successful A Grade Senior Women’s Competition, Jacqueline has shown great vision, tenacity, and expertise.
Highly-respected by all local clubs and volunteers, Jacqueline’s work ethic is second to none. She has undoubtedly made a significant and unique contribution to Rugby League and, under her leadership, the local senior and junior female competitions are not only in safe hands, but are sure to go from strength-to-strength.