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NSWRL backs Super Sport Sunday vaccination drive

Calling all Rugby League fans; the NSWRL needs you!

Super Sport Sunday will see Rugby League go head-to-head with other codes on Sunday 29 August to encourage residents from the 12 Local Government Areas of concern get vaccinated to help the state get on top of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The NSWRL has assembled a team of legendary players, who forged their Rugby League careers in the respective LGA’s, to support the campaign including:

- NSW coach Brad Fittler (Penrith Panthers);
- NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs);

- Blues advisor Greg Alexander (Penrith Panthers);

- Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels);

- Andrew Ryan (Parramatta Eels; Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs);

- Steve Roach (Balmain Tigers);

- Paul Langmack (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs; Western Suburbs Magpies);

- Ben Elias (Balmain Tigers).

All you need to do is wear your you team uniform, colours, or gear and take a selfie to post on your local club website with the hashtag #vaccinationchampion and make sure you tag NSWRL.

Calling all Rugby League fans; the NSWRL needs you!

“I am vaccinated and on behalf of NSWRL and NSW Health I’m urging all Rugby League players, volunteers, officials and supporters to go out this Sunday too and get the jab for Super Sport Sunday and help keep the northwest safe,” Hindmarsh said.

Ryan said: “I just want to let you all know I’m vaccinated and, especially this Sunday, on Super Sport Sunday, I’m urging all our fans to get out there and get vaccinated to protect the southwest. Let’s all work together to try and get each other back to work and back on the fields. Stay safe.”

There are plenty of appointments available at Qudos Bank Arena and the NSW Health Vaccination Centre at Sydney Olympic Park and the Vaccination Centre at Macquarie Fields this Sunday 29 August for all sports lovers.

Those aged 16 to 39 who live in Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield or Penrith, should make a booking here: nsw.gov.au/vacc16-39

NSW Deputy Secretary Susan Pearce called on everyone who loves to play or watch sport to run up the score this weekend and set a new Super Sunday vaccination record.

“Sporting codes will go head-to-head to compete for the NSW Vaccination Championship Cup, and know that they are doing the best thing for their health, and the health of their community,” Ms Pearce said.

“Previous Super Sundays helped vaccinate more than 10,000 supermarket and food industry workers, construction workers and university students in one day, but now it’s time for you to step up for your favourite team or sport.

“Our vaccination hubs have bookings available for people aged 16 – 39 in local government areas of concern across Sydney and we want to see sporting clubs rally together and promote vaccinations across their teams.

“It would be great to see people wearing team colours at our hubs to go into the draw for some great prizes and a chance to prove which code came out the strongest.”

The NSWRL has been proactive in encouraging vaccination shots with Fittler receiving his first jab two days after the Origin series finished, and True Blues Hindmarsh, Craig Wing and Steve Menzies sending messages of support.

The NSWRL has also signed up with other businesses to be part of the Great Aussie Vaccine Drive which sees employers make it easier for workers to get vaccinated.

If you can’t make it this Sunday, there are other vaccination appointments available at the vaccination centres over the next two weeks.

Every person who gets vaccinated is making a difference and will help get us all back to sport sooner. By teaming up, we can vaccinate as many people as possible to stop the spread of COVID-19.