Club doctor awarded President’s Award…
Tony Adams MBE has selected Dr Gemma Phillips for the second RFL President’s Award of his year in office, for her service to the sport over the last year and especially for her exceptional efforts in the service of the restart of Rugby League in the midst of the unprecedented public health crisis resulting from Covid-19.
Dr Phillips, who is the team doctor at Hull Kingston Rovers and has also worked with the England, England Knights and Great Britain teams, is a member of the RFL’s Clinical Advisory Group which consists of some of the sport’s and the country’s leading medical experts.
Throughout the pandemic Dr Phillips has been at the forefront of work in Rugby League to the shaping and then application of the Government guidance for the sport as preparations have been made for the safe return to training and playing at all levels.
In her role as the RFL Covid Medical Officer, she has represented the sport at the highest level in Government-led medical groups with experts from a range of sports. This vital work has been exceptionally demanding, requiring detailed analysis over very long hours which has extended far beyond the day-to-day role of Dr Phillips and her fellow members of the Clinical Advisory Group.
Tony Adams MBE, who is nearing the end of his year as the RFL President, said:
“In a unique and distressing period for all of us, the importance of our medical practitioners has never been more apparent.
“So we should begin by noting that the outstanding work that Gemma has done for the sport of Rugby League over recent months has come alongside her work for the NHS.
“We all know the challenges that have been presented to sport by the pandemic. The route back to playing professional sport has at times seemed unbelievably complicated and difficult.
“Behind the headlines, Gemma has made a massive contribution to getting Rugby League restarted. She knows and loves the sport through her work at Hull KR and with the England and Great Britain teams, and her expertise and great personal commitment to players and their welfare has been second-to-none.
“She has worked quietly and relentlessly for the sport in one of its most challenging times. I am proud and delighted to present Dr Gemma Phillips with my RFL President’s Award.”Back To Latest News +