RES Director, Mal Meninga receives a 2016 Queensland Greats award

Regional Economic Solutions (RES) Director and Rugby league legend Mal Meninga AM has been honoured with one of five Queensland Greats Awards in recognition of his contributions to rugby league and numerous sporting, community and charitable organisations.

Mal was nominated for the award by both Queensland Rugby League and Bond University, with his achievement acknowledged at the Queensland Greats Awards ceremony on June 12.

“I feel very privileged to be even considered for this prestigious award,” said Mr Meninga.

“I’m very grateful and surprised to be nominated and thank those who believed in me and thought I was worthy of such an honour.

“My sporting career has allowed me to live a good life and given me the confidence and integrity to be involved in many things – from rugby league and business through to community and family.

“Above all, I owe a lot to the nurturing nature of my parents and family for the person I am today. They showed me that, regardless of your colour, background and prejudices, one can make a difference and be respected.

“As a very proud Australian South Sea Islander, I hope I have fulfilled their expectations.”

While Mal Meninga’s outstanding achievements as a rugby league player and coach in the state, national and international arena are part of Australia’s sporting history, Bond University’s nomination highlighted his less well-known contributions to leadership, training and education, particularly for young Indigenous and Australian South Sea Islanders.

These contributions include:

  • Co-founding RES and working alongside Leann Wilson to bring economic change for Indigenous Australians through consultancy between Communities, Government and Business
  • Serving as a Board member of the Former Origin Greats (FOGs), a non-profit organisation partnered with Bond University’s Indigenous education programs,
  • Patron of the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation, providing university scholarships for Australian South Sea Islander students
  • Champion of Bond University’s Indigenous Scholarship Program on a personal basis through prize donation and support of the University’s Annual Indigenous Gala.

“Mr Meninga serves as an inspiration to all our students, and particularly to our Australian South Sea Islander and Indigenous students, by exemplifying how the best values of sport can translate to success in education, business and community leadership,” said Bond University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Pathways and Partnerships, Catherine O’Sullivan.

“As such, we were extremely proud to nominate Mr Meninga for the Queensland Greats Award and offer our heartfelt congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.”

Modified Article: Courtesy of Bond University.