Dragons NRLW star Bobbi Law has been nominated for the NRL’s 2023 Veronica White Medal for Woman of the Year in recognition of her diligent work in the community particularly through Indigenous events and grassroots programs.
The 26-year-old is the club’s first Veronica White Medal nominee since 2019 with the object of the award to recognise the efforts of a player who has not only excelled on the field but has dedicated time off the field to make a positive difference among communities.
Dragons fans can play their part in helping Bobbi Law take home the Veronica White Medal via the NRL’s fan vote which will close on Tuesday, August 29th at 5:00pm (AEST).
A proud Worimi woman, Law has represented the Indigenous All-Stars on two occasions as well as the Prime Minister’s XIII.
She linked up with the Red V prior to the season after a premiership-winning campaign with the Newcastle Knights a season ago.
Since joining the club, Law has made a name for herself as a role model throughout the Dragons region and beyond thanks to her genuine interest, proactive approach, and all-round willingness to help others particularly with local Aboriginal Elders and the local Aboriginal community.
Through a number of programs, Dragons Community staff and players work closely with many community organisations across our region achieving our aim of having a positive impact on people’s lives.
Law always approaches each of these involvements with genuine authenticity that ensure her interactions and connections are always impactful, memorable, and inspirational for all involved.
Her involvements have included community events and training experiences at junior clubs, High Tea at the Footy, the White Ribbon Day Cup in Bomaderry, the Girls Only Clinics in Kiama and Wollongong and a Reconciliation Day High School League Tag tournament in Fairy Meadow.
Law made an impression on those involved with South Coast Group 7 Rugby League after her contribution to the White Ribbon Day Cup rugby league carnival.
“On behalf of the Group 7 Rugby League, we want to make special mention to NRLW St George Illawarra Dragons player Bobbi Law for her considerably positive contribution towards our inaugural White Ribbon Cup Rugby League carnival held this year,” a spokesperson said.
“Bobbi spoke with tremendous passion and confidence to the high school students that attended our workshops between their games on the importance of having the courage to seek support if they or anyone they know has been subjected to domestic violence.
“It was clear that Bobbi has natural leadership qualities that people find motivating and we look forward to watching her inspire further communities in the future.”
Law’s community work extends far beyond club commitments with the Nelson Bay-native having paid visits to Tomaree High School in Salamander Bay as a part of NAIDOC celebrations and annual presentation assemblies as well as her local club the Nelson Bay Marlins.
She has also volunteered with the NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Services and representative football along with a community program that provides support to Gordon Driver Licensing Program which aims to help Aboriginal and disadvantaged people attain their learners and provisional driving licenses.
She was heavily involved with NAIDOC celebrations at the Koonawarra Community Centre, Nowra Showground, and Bellambi Surf Life Saving Club whilst having also been a supporter of and participant in the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service (IAMS) and Wollongong Community Corrections Women’s Support Group, “The Sista Girls”.
Formed last year, the group brings together Aboriginal women in or leaving the criminal justice system with local female Aboriginal Elders and community members in the hopes of helping them to build strong cultural and community connections as they reintegrate into society.
Despite only moving to Wollongong several months ago, Law has proven to be a valuable asset for the club on and off the field.
She has already managed to connect with so many external community groups and organisations in the Dragons region on top of the previous connections that she continues to maintain, all of which she fulfils outside of her training and work commitments.