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2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Awards Finalists

The AFL and the Reach Foundation today announced the finalists for the 2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award; with ESP’s West Coast Eagles defender Beau Waters among them .

Through his ongoing work with a number of community and charitable organisations, West Coast Eagles defender Beau Waters has donated considerable time and energy to a number of important initiatives that continue to positively impact the community. Through his role as an ambassador for the Cancer Council WA over the past decade, Beau has been the catalyst for the West Coast Eagles raising almost $1 million dollars for cancer research. In addition, Beau is an active board member for Youth Focus, an organisation that supports vulnerable young people in WA by offering a range of health services, an inaugural committee member of the Young Men’s Project Committee which raises awareness of mental illness in young men, a regular Camp Quality volunteer and fund-raiser and a committee member of the WA Healthy Awards which is overseen by Healthways WA.

The Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award each year honours the former Melbourne Football Club President and Brownlow medallist who passed away in 2012 and will be presented to one of the four finalists at the 2014 Brownlow Medal Ceremony.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan said the award was an enduring tribute to Jim Stynes’ standing in the game and his unwavering service and leadership throughout the community.

“This award is significant because it commemorates Jim Stynes’ vast contribution to the community, his outstanding leadership and his legacy as someone who always looked to help others,” Mr McLachlan said.

“This year’s finalists are all exceptional candidates, as are the other nominees who have shown great initiative and leadership across the community.

“We look forward to Sam Ludbey-Stynes again presenting the award to the winner at this year’s Brownlow Medal count, an event that saw Jim crowned the Brownlow medallist in 1991.”

Gold Coast Suns ruckman Zac Smith was presented with the award last year in recognition of his work as a domestic  and community violence awareness ambassador across a number of programs and his support for Indigenous communities through the No Boundaries partnership program. Richmond midfielder Daniel Jackson was the inaugural winner of the award in 2012 following his efforts relating to youth mental health initiatives and the promotion of strategies to avoid street violence in the community.

Nominations were sought from AFL clubs before the selection panel chose the four finalists. The winner who will receive $20,000 from the AFL to be donated to the charity or community program of their choice.

The Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award selection panel includes AFL Commissioner The Honourable Linda Dessau AM (Chair of the selection panel), AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan, AFL General Manager People, Customer and Community Dorothy Hisgrove, AFL Head of Diversity Jason Mifsud, Sam Ludbey-Stynes, Reach Foundation CEO Sarah Davies, 3AW broadcaster Neil Mitchell, Seven Network broadcaster Tim Watson, and AFL Players’ Association representative Marissa Filipou.

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