Katrina Fanning Named ACT Australian of the Year

The Canberra Raiders and Canberra Region Rugby League would like to congratulate Katrina Fanning, after she was named ACT Australian of the Year overnight.

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the award highlighted Ms Fanning’s wonderful work in a number of areas and the club was proud of her achievements.

“Katrina thoroughly deserves this award and the Raiders would like to congratulate her on this wonderful recognition for all of her hard work,” Mr Furner said. “Her work in the Indigenous and rugby league communities is the reason our board pushed hard to have her join the club as a board member and we get to witness first hand the work she is doing which is a huge asset for the Raiders organisation.”

The NRL has also congratulated Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council Chairwoman, Katrina Fanning, who was named the 2020 ACT Australian of the Year overnight.

The announcement adds to an impressive list of accolades for Ms Fanning, which includes being named Canberra Woman of the Year and ACT NAIDOC Person of the Year in 2014, and elected to the Canberra Raiders board earlier this year.

Ms Fanning was also named as an ACT Australian of the Year Finalist in 2017 – with the eventual winning recipient being former Canberra Raiders captain, Alan Tongue.

NRL Chief Executive, Todd Greenberg said Ms Fanning had been a valued member of the rugby league community for many years – as one of the highest capped Jillaroos, a mentor to Indigenous All Stars players and now as leader of the game’s Indigenous Council.

“Along the way, Katrina has championed gender equity and Indigenous development across communities and I know I’m one of many delighted to see this honour bestowed on her,” Mr Greenberg added.

“This is another significant achievement for someone in our game that so many look up to as a role model and I congratulate Katrina and her inspiration and work that has led to this announcement.”

The Australian of the Year Awards celebrate the achievements and contribution of Australians from all walks of life.

To read more about the awards, click here.

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