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The St George Illawarra Dragons wish to congratulate two of its own for winning 2021 NRL Community Awards: Sheree Payne as Teacher of Year and Volunteer of the Year Theresa Tasaico.

Sheree is a passionate teacher who, for over a decade, has integrated rugby league at Kiama Public School in a wide variety of ways. From inter-school and whole school gala days, through to the integration of NRL's educational programs in the classroom, Sheree passionately brings different aspects of the game into the school curriculum.

Sheree, in partnership with the Dragons, has helped deliver health and wellbeing messages to school assemblies and the Dragons Best You Can Be programs into classrooms.  Sheree ensures everyone works together, towards a common goal, inspiring children through rugby league.

Volunteer of the Year Theresa started her rugby league journey by watching her two boys play. Little did she realise the measurable difference she would have on the game in the community in years to come. 

Theresa's passion drove her to help restart Riverwood Legion Junior Rugby League Football Club (RLJRLFC), which had been dormant for many years.  She divides her time between many important roles including: Club secretary, canteen manager, executive board member and welfare manager.

She also holds a number of team manager roles as well as the role of vice-president for St George Juniors. Theresa has shown rugby league can unite the community, through hard work and dedication.

Congratulations to both for

their huge honours!

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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