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SIMS NOMINATED FOR KEN STEPHEN MEDAL
ROOKIE second-rower Tariq Sims' work with special needs children has earned him the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys' nomination for the Ken Stephen Medal for 2011.
Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain said Tariq had made an exemplary commitment to the children at the Townsville Community Learning Centre as well as inspiring younger Cowboys players to commit their time and energy to projects they are passionate about.
Throughout the year, Tariq has visited the kids, who have severe intellectual and physical impairments, as part of the Stockland Adopt-a-School program and also in his own spare time.
Having a passion for helping children with disabilities, the 21-year-old specifically requested when he arrived at the club that he be allocated to the centre as their Cowboy.
He has also featured heavily in the BHP Billiton Cannington Cowboys in the Classroom project for students living in towns outside of Townsville.