Hughes nominated for NSW Australian of the Year

Retired nib Newcastle Knights great Mark Hughes has been nominated for the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year Award.

Hughes was part of both the Club's premiership winning teams in 1997 and 2001.

The former NSW State of Origin representative was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 at the age of 36.

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In 2014, he formed the Mark Hughes Foundation to fund brain cancer research and has raised over $10 million through its 'Beanie for Brain Cancer' campaign.


For the last three seasons, the NRL has supported Beanie for Brain Cancer Round.

In 2018, over $2 million was raised for brain cancer research.

Earlier this year, Hughes' great work was recognised when he was awarded the 2018 Newcastle Citizen of the Year.

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"The NSW finalists are an extraordinary group of people whose achievements and contributions remind us we can all achieve more than we think and make a difference," chief executive of the National Australia Day Council Karlie Brand said.

Other people nominated are Paralympian Kurt Fearnley, investigative journalist Joanne McCarthy, and University of Sydney Professor Salah Sukkarieh.

The winner will be announced on November 12.