Voting for the 2015 Ken Stephen Medallist is now open with fans urged to vote online for the nominee they feel best display leadership qualities both on and off the field.
The Ken Stephen Medal recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on field, but also contributed to community projects off-field.
Matt Gillett – Brisbane Broncos
Trent Hodkinson – Canterbury Bulldogs
Michael Ennis – Cronulla Sharks
Luke Douglas – Gold Coast Titans
Dayne Weston – Melbourne Storm
Josh Starling – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Tariq Sims – Newcastle Knights
Michael Morgan – North Queensland Cowboys
Tim Mannah – Parramatta Eels
Jeremy Latimore – Penrith Panthers
Joel Thompson – St George Illawarra Dragons
Jake Friend – Sydney Roosters
Konrad Hurrell – New Zealand Warriors
Keith Galloway – Wests Tigers
All nominees have been nominated by their clubs after demonstrating significant involvement in charity work, youth development or community support throughout the year.
VOTE FOR JEREMY LATIMORE HERE: nrl.com/kenstephenmedal
In terms of Jeremy Latimore's nomination, his unwavering dedication to Panthers on the Prowl initiatives throughout 2015 has had a significant impact on children throughout his local community.
Panthers on the Prowl works with primary and secondary schools to promote the healthy development of student self-esteem and self-worth. Jeremy has consistently volunteered his time to these sessions and takes it upon himself to try and bond with each child individually.
His hands-on approach sees him literally get down to each student's level and answer questions in a down-to-earth manner. The attention and devotion the children receive from Jeremy has made a noticeable difference to their confidence and development.
In addition to his community work, Jeremy is studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Wollongong, rounding out his development as a player.
"The Ken Stephen Medal is one of the highest honours that our Game can bestow on a player and we’ve seen some very deserving players awarded over the years," said NRL Head of Community, Adam Check.
"The quality of this year’s nominees is outstanding and their commitment to serving their communities is something for all of us to strive for and certainly in line with our Game’s core values of excellence, courage, inclusiveness and teamwork."
The Ken Stephen Medal will be awarded during the Dally Ms on Monday 28 September. Voting is open now and will close on 27 September.
Fans are urged to learn more about the nominees and their work in the community, as well as cast their vote at nrl.com/kenstephenmedal.