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NSWRL supports the Premier’s Harmony Awards for Multicultural NSW

The NSWRL has extended its support and acknowledgement of multicultural communities in 2022, with the backing of a major award at the NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards at Sydney’s International Convention Centre this week.

Ms Khadijah Habbouche received the NSWRL Youth Medal which recognises a person under 25 years who has helped create, welcome and support inter-cultural connection and understanding between people from diverse backgrounds.

Coming from a Lebanese-Palestinian background, Habbouche is a member of a number of youth committees including Canterbury Bankstown Youth Crew and the Muslim Women Australian Youth Advisory Committee.

NSWRL Head of Communications and Community Engagement Tracie Edmondson presented the Award to Habbouche who uses her voice in support of youth, young women, and vulnerable communities.

“The New South Wales Rugby League was honoured to have the opportunity to play a small role in the prestigious Premier’s Harmony Awards which celebrate and reward the amazing contributions of our country’s diverse and vibrant multicultural community,” Edmondson said.

“Khadijah was a very worthy winner of the NSWRL Youth Medal and we congratulate her on the important and selfless work she does to support young people and vulnerable communities with diverse backgrounds.”

Multicultural NSW has supported NSWRL with funding for the Try League program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities since 2019.

Try League is an eight-week program for children aged 4-12 years encouraging, integration, social connection, Rugby League skills and fun. The program is set to return in Parramatta for children 4-12 years on March 29, 2022.

Try League has also been expanded to include youth age 14+ involved with Sydney West Multicultural services as well as in an online format.

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Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.