Rob Burrow received the Helen Rollason award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. Rob praised his MND hero Doddie Weir and gave an emotional speech to thank his family and dedicated the award to “all the MND warriors”.
Kevin Sinfield received a special award at the ceremony and also quoted Doddie Weir is saying that MND was ”curable but underfunded”. A visible emotional Kevin said “The world of rugby has got behind what we’ve tried to do, so let’s dedicate this award to them.
“Rob’s probably the most inspirational bloke in the UK at this moment in time. He has inspired us all to be better friends and in sport, the connections you make in your playing careers, the camaraderie, the teammates you get and your friendships don’t stop when the whistle goes. Rugby and sport is powerful enough to bring communities together. We witnessed a nation that cared about the MND community. “Doddie used to say a lot that MND is curable – it’s just underfunded. We have got to all keep fighting – people need us and families need us.
“We will keep banging the drum and doing our best.”
Rugby league stars and motor neurone disease (MND) fundraisers Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield have been awarded the freedom of Leeds. Leeds city council said the former Leeds Rhinos teammates had been chosen for the city’s highest civic honour due to their “ courage, commitment and inspirational strength of character”.
Rob Burrow has shown such incredible strength in his fight with MND and will continue to find a cure along with Kevin Sinfield who has shown the type of friendship that we all dream of.
The Good Racing Co would like to congratulate both of these amazing men for their achievements and how much they have done to bring MND to the fore.