1 Feb 2020
JACK BROWN WINS INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE WHEELCHAIR GOLDEN BOOT AWARD
Ceremony held in Leeds, England
England’s Jack Brown has been announced as the first-ever winner of International Rugby League’s (IRL) Golden Boot for wheelchair rugby league. The Golden Boot is awarded to the player adjudged to have been the best in international matches throughout 2019.
The award, which was made at a ceremony held in Leeds, was awarded to the England star after he beat off stiff competition from Australian Cory Cannane, Wales’ Stuart Williams, Jay Anderson from Scotland, France internationals Gilles Clausells and Kevin Pastor (France) plus England teammates, James Simpson and Nathan Collins.
The Wheelchair Golden Boot winner was selected by a panel drawn from the representatives on the IRL wheelchair rugby league advisory group. The panel noted, in particular, his performances in the series victory for England on their ground-breaking tour of Australia as the defining factor that separated Jack from the other nominees.
IRL chief executive officer, Nigel Wood, congratulated the winner and the nominees saying;
“There is great pride in being able to announce the winner of the wheelchair rugby league Golden Boot which now sits firmly alongside the awards for the male and female running games.
I would like to congratulate Jack Brown, he has certainly excelled this year, the most active ever for the wheelchair game on the international stage. He was instrumental in the success of the recent tour to Australia by England.
It is magnificent to note the number and quality of the other nominees and the depth of this quality can only whet the appetite for 2020 and then for Rugby League World Cup 2021.
Wheelchair rugby league is one of the most exciting and spectacular sports in the world and we at IRL are immensely proud of their exploits and I would encourage anyone who is yet to experience the skill, speed and thrill of the game to take the opportunity to watch a game in 2020.”