Raiders forward Sia Soliola has been nominated for the 2016 NRL Ken Stephen Medal, which recognises players for their contribution to off-field community projects.
One of the most humble and hardworking players in the NRL, Sia continues to the opportunity his profile provides him to influence many in the nation's capital and its surrounding regions.
Not only is Sia is the Canberra Raiders' NRL State of Mind Ambassador for 2016, he has contributed to a significant portfolio of community initiatives including the Capital Region's “Silence is Deadly” Program from Menslink, as well as being a FAST Ambassador for the rare, genetic disease Angleman Syndrome (AS).
Prior to becoming an official AS ambassador, Sia would often be seen visiting the club shop to purchase items using his own money in order to send back to his friend Melissa in the UK to assist with her fundraising efforts.
A proud Polynesian who embodies the attributes of respect, courage, integrity and professionalism, Sia has become a mentor to not only the Polynesian players at the club, but also his teammates, junior representatives and local Junior and Senior rugby league clubs in the ACT and CRL.
Reiterating his commitment to helping others far beyond his playing days, the gentle giant chose to further his education by completing a Certificate 4 in youth work and spending time working with juveniles at Bimberi Detention Centre.
This year is the first time Sia has been nominated for the Ken Stephen Medal.