Canberra District Rugby League have been presented with the 2017 Ministers Award for Inclusion by Yvette Berry MLA, at Friday night’s CBR Sport Awards.

The award is seen as recognition for the organisation’s women’s rugby league program which has seen 796 female’s participate – an 82% increase from last year.

In 2017, the Canberra Raiders unveiled a representative women’s side that played three exhibition matches during the year. The Raiders also fielded a team in the inaugural Tarsha Gale Cup.

In addition to this, Canberra Region Rugby League has added the Katrina Fanning Shield which has allowed women from the Canberra Region to continue playing rugby league past the junior age groups.

CRRL have also seen the two Ladies League Tag competitions double in size during 2017.

CRRL General Manager Mark Vergano was pleased with Active Canberra’s recognition of the work that CRRL and the Canberra Raiders are doing to ensure that rugby league is a sport for everyone.

“This recognition from Yvette Berry and Active Canberra is a special moment for everyone involved in rugby league in Canberra,” Vergano said. “There have been a lot of people working behind the scenes to ensure that rugby league is a sport for all.”