National recognition for WA Rugby League volunteer

James “Sully” Sullivan has won the Toyota National Volunteer of the Year at the NRL’s One Community Awards last night in Sydney. He was one of two WA nominees at the event, and is the first time a WA volunteer has been recognised at the One Community Awards.

Sully won the prestigious award for his dedication to Rugby League in WA, in particular South Perth Lions RLC, often putting in more than 40 hours a week of unpaid work. Sully volunteers as a junior coach, runs development programs, South Perth Lions’ ground announcements, and can often be found manning the BBQ when he has a chance. He is also the President of the Men of League chapter in Perth, hosts the League Talk radio program on Sport FM, and commentated the 2012 Harvey Norman Premiership Grand Final for West TV with League Talk co-host Justin “Barney” Nixon.

Sully was the only nominee for the Toyota National Volunteer of the Year not from NSW or QLD, and the first ever winner outside of NSW.

As well as winning $5,000 for himself and $5,000 for South Perth Lions, Sully will also be delivering the Telstra Premiership Grand Final trophy via the Telstra CareFlight helicopter with Ken Stephen Medal winner Johnathan Thurston from the North Queensland Cowboys.

WA had another nominee, Kimberley Rugby League, who were up for the Telstra One Community Grassroots Club of the Year. They were one of three finalists, which is a fantastic achievement for a club that has only been running for two years in one of the most remote locations in Australia.

For more information on the NRL One Community Awards, visit Rugby League’s One Community website.

Above: Sully at the NRL One Community Awards with his mum