AMBASSADORS / SPONSPORS
Member of the Legislative Council
President of the Legislative Council of NSW
The Hon John Ajaka MLC is a Member of the Legislative Council.
He has been a Liberal Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2007 and has served as Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Multiculturalism, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads, and before that, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition.
Before entering Parliament as the first Liberal Lebanese Australian member of an Australian parliament, the Minister served as a Councillor for the City of Rockdale from 2004 until 2008. John previously operated a legal practice for more than 25 years and served on the board of a number of companies.
The President is the proud father of six daughters and a passionate supporter of the St George Illawarra Dragons.
West Tigers Captain
“I’ve come to the realisation that with the image I have I can hopefully help others into the game of Wheelchair Rugby League and grow the game.”
A NSW and Australia representative, James Tamou is currently Captain of the Penrith Panthers in the NRL.
James has established himself as one of the competition’s leading front-rowers since debuting for the North Queensland Cowboys in 2009. He won the 2015 premiership with the Cowboys and has played more than 250 games at the top level.
In addition to his footballing commitments, James is extremely passionate about helping others and wants to give back to the Rugby League community through his role as a Wheelchair Rugby League Ambassador.
He has a personal connection to the sport –his brother suffered a serious neck injury which doctors initially feared would leave him permanently wheelchair-bound. Although he walked from hospital, the recovery process is ongoing.
James hopes to “pay it forward” to others who may be struggling as a result of an accident or unfortunate circumstances by promoting the game of Wheelchair Rugby League as an outlet for mateship, a declaration of self-worth and demonstration of skilled competition.
Former NRL Player, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
“I think everyone should be given an opportunity to pursue a dream or continue living and have some happiness.”
A 307-game NRL legend, Brett Kimmorley made a name for himself as a champion halfback during prominent stints at the Knights, Storm, Sharks and Bulldogs over a decorated 16-year career. The man nicknamed ‘Noddy’ also represented NSW and Australia.
Still actively involved in NRL circles, Brett currently works on the Sharks’ coaching staff and holds various media roles.
Brett understands the struggle many wheelchair athletes face in the aftermath of life-changing events, having lost his wife Sharnie to brain cancer in 2017.