Rugby League Quartet Earn Queen's Birthday Honours
The NSWRL congratulates four Rugby League representatives who were awarded with Queen's Birthday Honours over the long weekend.
The following volunteers were recognised for their contributions to Rugby League and the wider community as Order of Australia Medalists:
'Choc' Anderson was been involved with Rugby League for decades, including a long association with South Newcastle Rugby League Club.
Chairman of the Country Rugby League, Anderson is a long-time supporter of Rugby League in regional areas and has serviced the community greatly over a long period of time.
Smith has held the presidency of St Marys Rugby League Club for 28 years - and 30 years with the football club. One of the largest and most successful junior Rugby League nurseries in Western Sydney has been serviced by Smith greatly over the years, building the club into a powerhouse of the strong Penrith and District Rugby League competition. St Marys currently contest the NSWRL's Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield competitions, leading the former and coming third in the latter after 15 rounds.
A quiet achiever who works out of a sheer love of Rugby League, Sinclair has been involved with the Cardiff Cobras since moving to the suburb in 1965. With roles spanning coaching, playing and as a trainer, he has been the heart and soul of the club for decades, also volunteering at the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout for the past two years.
Sharpe, a former Canberra Raiders player, is now the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police and has been rightly recognised for his service to both the sport and the community of the Australian Capital Territory. He has been involved with the Raiders as a mentor in the past and was a fine representative of the Narooma Devils, leading the team to grand final victory as a player in 1999.
The four men join many Rugby League representatives who have been recognised with Queen's Birthday Honours before them; view the full list of recipients here.