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Wilcannia hoping for a legend

Monday, 26th September, 2011

AWARD CHANCE: Phillip Hunter is in the running to win a scholarship tonight. AWARD CHANCE: Phillip Hunter is in the running to win a scholarship tonight.

Wilcannia Central School student Phillip Hunter has been nominated as a finalist in the Learn Earn Legend (LEL) award.

The Year 11 student was selected from hundreds of entries to become one of the last three standing in the race for this prestigious award.

Phillip, his father Fred and PD/Health/PE teacher Jeremy Ng will be attending the annual NRL One Community Awards at Sydney’s Town Hall tonight.

Holly Wilson (QLD) and Zhane Saylor (QLD) will join Phillip as they sit on their edge of their seats to see which one of them will be announced the 2011 Learn Earn Legend! recipient.  

The winner will receive a monetary scholarship that goes towards their learning. 

The award night is an opportunity for all the stakeholders of rugby league to come as one from all over Australia to celebrate the commitment and contribution that makes the game a success in Australia. 

With a star studded line-up expected to turn out on the night, the Wilcannia community will be behind Phillip wishing him well and hoping he will bring home the award. 

Either way, Phillip has work tirelessly in his commitments of sport, education and community work and in Wilcannia’s hearts they believe he is a worthy nominee for the Learn Earn Legend! Award.  

The night is not all about the stars, it’s also about the stakeholders such as teachers, referees, development officers, volunteers and many more that contributes to the improvements and the enjoyment of the sport called rugby league.   

The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans, NRL, Wilcannia Central School Principal Michelle Nicholson, AEO Norma Walford of Wilcannia Central School, Rugby League Coordinator Scott McLennan of Wilcannia Central School, Steve Adams from Indigenous Communities Alliance,  NRL Indigenous Community Program Manager  Richard Killian and The Wilcannia Community have helped Phillip become a finalist. 

Phillip was selected to participate in the LEL Work Experience in Sydney with five other fellow students following a visit by the NRL Titans in term 2.

He joined other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from all around Australia and will now experience a childhood dream of meeting rugby league players and professionals.

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