Samsung Electronics Australia and ex-wallaby legend Nathan Sharpe recently announced a newly created national award – the ‘Samsung Nathan Sharpe Medal’.
The award has been designed to recognise the effort, dedication and leadership abilities of individual junior rugby union players on and off the field; as well as emphasising Samsung’s commitment to grassroots rugby in Australia.
Nathan Sharpe will be scouring the country across rugby hotspots searching for the next generation of Wallaby stars. Selected winners will be given the opportunity to appear as a Ball Kid at their state’s Super Rugby home match, as well as taking their entire team to enjoy the game.
Parents and coaches of junior rugby players can nominate an individual who consistently goes above and beyond for their team and club through The Samsung Nathan Sharpe Medal website. The initiative hopes to educate and inspire junior rugby players about the benefits of contributing to a team and the importance of sport within communities.
The coaches of the budding rugby players will also have the chance to win a Google Hang Out with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans. The nominator will receive a Samsung GALAXY Camera to capture all the season highlights, as well as the rugby club winning an AV system worth $1000.
Arno Lenior, Marketing Director – Corporate Samsung Electronics Australia said: “At Samsung we believe encouraging young people to strive through sport is a vital part of the Australian culture. We are committed to the development of junior rugby union clubs and awarding individuals and communities who are continually striving to be the best, with our very best technology.”
Inspired by Samsung ambassador and ex-Wallaby Nathan Sharpe, the initiative will celebrate the spirit of rugby in Australia through the nation’s emerging rugby talent.
Nathan Sharpe said: “In 2012 junior rugby player numbers exceeded 50 thousand in Australia. It’s an exciting time to be launching the award as there’s never been this much interest in junior rugby, especially with a thriving Super XV competition and the Lions tour around the corner.
“I’m honoured to be a part of the initiative and support Samsung’s endeavour to provide young players and their communities with a special and memorable experience.”
If you would like to nominate someone, head to the Samsung website.
When the ball kids will run out:
QLD Reds vs Melbourne Rebels
7:40 pm AEST, 1 June 2013
ACT Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels
7:40 pm AEST 7 June 2013
NSW Waratahs vs QLD Reds
7:40 pm AEST 13 July
Melbourne Rebels vs Highlanders
7:40pm AEST 12 July 2013
Western Force vs ACT Brumbies
5:40pm WST 13 July 2013