Congratulations to Rabbitohs five-eighth, Cody Walker, who has been nominated for this year's Ken Stephen Medal.
The fan-vote will lock in the fourth finalist who will also win $3,500 for their junior rugby league club, which in Cody Walker's case is the Casino Cougars. VOTE HERE for Cody Walker.
The Ken Stephen Medal recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on the field, but has committed time off the field to community projects.
Cody’s efforts in his community work and championing social justice campaigns continue to create a substantial impact; both at a local level and throughout Australia.
Cody’s support for Souths Cares’ programs has made a considerable impact in the charity’s efforts to achieve education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) Program is currently achieving a 91% success rate for participants obtaining their HSC. The charity’s Aboriginal Employment Program has placed over 750+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates into employment since the program was launched by Souths Cares in 2015.
Cody Walker Ken Stephen Medal Nomination
Cody has been a fearless and articulate campaigner against racism and bullying whilst promoting awareness around mental health and the inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
Cody has strategically and skilfully leveraged his significant public profile to start national conversations about these important issues. The impact of these efforts is substantial and powerful, yet difficult to quantify.
Within the NRL, Cody is highly regarded as a leader amongst the Indigenous playing group. His courage to speak up against racism and inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has paved a pathway for other players to follow.
Importantly, Cody’s community work has had an impact in regional communities which often lack resources and receive little public support. As a proud Bundjalung-Yuin man, Cody has strong connections with both the NSW North Coast and NSW South Coast and has led a range of initiatives to support these regions as well as the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Cody has been instrumental in gaining support and fundraising for the ‘Rising Warriors Program’ which operates within the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Within his family, Cody is a dedicated and selfless father and partner, who volunteers his time and expertise to support his partner and two sons pursue their passion for playing the great game of Rugby League.
Remember to VOTE NOW for Cody Walker to secure his spot amongst the finalists and win $3,500 for the Casino Cougars.