Age: 46 Lives: Can­berra

Australian Geographic - - Our Top Award Turns 60 -

FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, Wi­rad­juri woman Katrina Fan­ning has lived and breathed rugby league. Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a player, she was ap­pointed man­ager of the Indige­nous Women’s All Stars team, Chair­per­son of the Aus­tralian Rugby League Indige­nous Coun­cil, and Pres­i­dent of the Can­berra and Aus­tralian Women’s Rugby League As­so­ci­a­tions.

In 2014 she was named Can­berra Woman of the Year, and ACT NAIDOC Per­son of the Year. Then, last year, Katrina was the third woman to be ap­pointed to the Can­berra Raiders board of di­rec­tors. Katrina brings enor­mous man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­ity to the ap­point­ment, hav­ing worked in se­nior roles with Cen­tre­link, Abo­rig­i­nal Hos­tels Limited, and the Aus­tralian De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Em­ploy­ment and Work­place Re­la­tions, as well as hold­ing po­si­tions on var­i­ous com­mit­tees and boards. She be­lieves that the ACT can lead the way na­tion­ally for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple out­comes, in cre­at­ing and lead­ing their own so­lu­tions.

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