Leisha chases dad’s legacy

Women’s Indigenous All Stars player Samartha Leisha joined a host of Harvey Norman Women in League round supporters today, including the round’s founder and Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg, to officially launch the 11th year of the round (Round 20).

Samartha’s story is at the centre of the NRL’s latest ‘Power For Change’ campaign released as part of the round and showcases the perseverance and commitment undertaken by Leisha to follow her dreams from a young age to play rugby league.

“My dad played rugby league but I never got to see him play because he passed away when I was two,” Leisha recalled as part of her story.

“The inspiration behind me wanting to play rugby league is that I want his legacy to live on within me and within my children as well. I share the passion for the game that he shared and it gives me a lot of confidence just knowing that rugby league runs in the family.

“To me, rugby league is great for women and women are great for rugby league.”

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg paid tribute to Samartha’s story and said he had no doubt that many would be inspired by her.

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