Vote Georgia Hale - Young New Zealander of the Year

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All you need is one small interaction with Georgia Hale to understand the influence and positivity she brings to all she touches.

The Vodafone Warriors, New Zealand’s wider rugby league community, the New Zealand disability sector and countless schools and organisations around the country have in some way been directly touched by Georgia, or ‘G’ as most of us know her.

This petition has been launched to help Georgia's cause in becoming Young New Zealander of the Year. It won’t be a determining factor but the more votes and noise we can make to persuade the judges the better. The criteria to win this prestigious award are:

o  Contribution and benefit to society

o  Initiatives demonstrated in a leadership capacity

o  Involvement in establishing and/or setting the direction of a group, organisation or cause in which they have been involved

o  Guidance, support, training and encouragement of group members

o  Effort in working toward goals

o  Commitment in terms of time/hours committed paid or unpaid

o  Commitment to their own personal development by participation in courses, forums, conventions, community activities and other training or educational opportunities nationally or globally

o  Value of contribution to their local community and/or nation or globally

 

Georgia Hale ticks all those boxes and more.

She always had big dreams and talent to match on the sporting stage. As a 13-year-old she set herself a goal of representing New Zealand in five sports, a goal very few people could ever hope to achieve. Now, at the age of 23 she is only one sport away from her aim, having competed at representative level in rugby league, touch, tag and the nines.

Embarking on her career, she turned down two university scholarships to take up a position working with special needs kids at Long Bay College. This gave her the foundation to move into the community relations role she has held at the Vodafone Warriors for the last 4 years.

She enhances the lives of thousands of children every year visiting schools around the country, not only educating pupils on the fundamentals of being a professional athlete but also their personal health and wellbeing as they transition into adults.

At a young age she has established the infamous ‘sweat squad’ boot camp which runs twice a week. She travels from Long Bay to Penrose to set up shop before 6.00am to help each individual reach their goal while also welcoming guests to participate and create their own healthy lifestyle choices.

Georgia is solely responsible for launching the Vodafone Warriors’ intellectual disability programme, which has attracted an overwhelming response from families whose lives are affected by disability. Along with this and the Future Warriors Holiday Programme footy clinics she runs during school holidays, she shows exceptional leadership and organisational skills, setting goals not only for her own career but also everyone else's health goals.

She exudes inspiration, passion, dedication and commitment in all aspects of her life. This was captured recently when she broke her wrist only weeks out from the Kiwi Ferns’ rugby league international against Fetu Samoa in June. Georgia didn’t skip a beat, still running her boot camp and training sessions for everyone and, despite her injury, pushing herself and others even more. This commitment earned her selection in the Kiwi Ferns once again, adding to an impressive CV of representing New Zealand at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup along with being part of history when she was signed to play for the Warriors in the inaugural Women’s NRL Premiership in 2018. This has inspired countless women and girls to get involved in the sport all over the country.

Previous winners of the Young New Zealander of the Year Award have excelled in their chosen fields which have predominantly been business, education and politics.

We believe health, wellbeing and sports on a national scale is due for recognition and Georgia Hale possesses all the qualities to frontline this. She deserves recognition for her tireless work in the community and nationwide.