Brisbane Roar defender and former Socceroo Jade North is the 2016 National NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year.
At the awards ceremony in Darwin on Friday night, the Roar vice-captain was acknowledged for his commitment to the wider community, including ambassadorial roles for the Mini Roos, Leukaemia Foundation, the Indigenous Games and the Indigenous Football Championships.
North, recently launched ‘Kickin with a Cuz’, a football program using inclusion through sport to bring joy and opportunities to disadvantaged children.
An outstanding contributor on and off the pitch, North played every minute of every game in Roar's 2015/16 campaign and was named captain of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) A-League Team of the Year.
The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract extension with Brisbane in May and will begin pre-season training on Monday.
The awards ceremony is a landmark event during NAIDOC week, celebrating the outstanding achievements by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout 2016.
(Photo by Brisbane Roar)
— Jade North (@jadesta36) July 9, 2016
— Kirstie Parker (@KirstieMParker) July 8, 2016
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