Queenslander Kate Ball has been named Queensland's Hero in Intrust Super's Queensland local hero initiative.
After the events of 2020, Intrust Super wanted to highlight and recognise a true local Queensland hero; someone who embodies heart and determination, always thinks of others’ needs before their own, and is always there when needed.
Intrust Super put together the initiative with the help of Queensland Rugby League and the Queensland Maroons.
Throughout the month of October, Queenslanders nominated those in their community who have been true Queensland heroes not just during this year, but for some time. Nominations highlighted those who have helped out in their communities or supported their families.
Ball was nominated by Kerryn Benecke and received 822 votes.
“My hero is my beautiful sister," Benecke said.
Kate Ball - Intrust Super Queensland Hero
"Her husband Steven had an accident which saw him fighting for his life after suffering a major head injury in June this year. He was in a coma for quite some time. He is now awake and starting the very slow process to recovery... learning to walk, talk, remember who everyone is and the basic day to day living essentials.
"My hero, my big sister being by his side every day, never giving up hope. With four young children, bloody COVID and the general struggles of life, she has not once complained or lost sight of their future together.
"Kate is not just a hero, but a true inspiration.”
Maroons legends Justin Hodges and Matt Gillett travelled to Ball's hometown of Biloela to meet her and her husband Steven and present them with a signed Maroons 2020 team jersey.
“We truly wish Steven all the best with his recovery," Intrust Super CEO Brendan O’Farrell said.
“Kate’s story was only one of the amazing nominations the campaign highlighted and Intrust Super is very proud that we got to showcase some of the truly wonderful Queenslanders and unsung heroes of our community.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone, and with our partners at the QRL and with the help of the Queensland Maroons, we wanted to showcase those local heroes, and bring some smiles to their faces and their community.”
Benecke thanked Intrust Super for providing a platform to share his sister’s story.
“Both Kate and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Intrust Super for allowing us to share our story and commend Kate, our family and community for their continued support and encouragement to help get us through each day,” Benecke said.
“Steven (Ball) is a massive football fan, a true Queenslander. Having the Origin greats in his local town and meeting them will be the cherry on top for his recovery and celebration of coming home.”
Benecke also mentioned Mrs Ball’s Instagram page that was created to connect with others who may be in a similar situation as her family.
“The Love.will.heal.him page looks to spread the miracle of hope, the power of positivity and that love does heal.”