Rugby League greats, Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston and Australian Rugby League Commissioner, Dr Gary Weiss have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, joining an illustrious group to be appointed Members of the Order of Australia (AM).
The full list of recipients was made public overnight, with ARLC Chairman, Peter Beattie and NRL Chief Executive, Todd Greenberg joining a chorus of well-wishers congratulating Smith, Thurston and Weiss.
“This is well-deserved recognition Cameron, Johnathan and Gary,” Mr Beattie said.
“All three have done so much for the game of rugby league and for many communities throughout Australia, possessing leadership qualities that have had a profound impact on many.
“I congratulate them on being named in this years’ Honours list.”
“Cameron, Johnathan and Gary have been wonderful ambassadors for rugby league and there’s no doubt that our game is better off thanks to their significant contributions,” Mr Greenberg added.
“When it comes to Cameron and Johnathan, their individual on-field accolades may never be eclipsed and their recognition today as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List adds to a combined list of achievements that are as impressive as they are deserved.
“It’s only fitting that two mates that began their rugby league journeys together more than 25 years ago, have today been awarded one of the highest honours in Australia.”
More than 1,000 Australians have been recognised as part of the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, with the oldest recipient 99 years of age, and the youngest just 18.