Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin had the honour of welcoming Birstall’s very own Woman of Steel to Parliament where she won the inaugural Women’s Super League Player of the Year award.
Georgia Roche, 18, who plays her club rugby for the Castleford Tigers, was nominated for the Parliamentary award by Ms Brabin earlier this year.
Widely regarded as one of the most promising talents of her generation, the England international already has one of Super League’s most prestigious individual prizes under her belt – The Woman of Steel Award.
She has also been nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award and the Golden Boot.
Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “I am in awe of all Georgia has achieved at such a young age and incredibly proud to have been able to nominate her for the award.
“She is such a phenomenal young woman and a fantastic role model to others who may want to get into the sport.
“Georgia’s dedication is plain to see and despite all the accolades and praise rightfully lavished upon her, she remains incredibly down to earth and humble.
“She has such an exciting career ahead of her and I have no doubt her success, brought about through hard-work and dedication, will inspire many more young women to take up this amazing sport.”
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rugby League, of which Ms Brabin is a member, is a cross-party network dedicated to supporting and promoting the sport through a variety of initiatives.
Georgia said: “It was an amazing experience and really opened my eyes as to how many people are behind the women’s game as a whole.
“The future for rugby league in general is very bright and I’m looking forward to watching both the men and women’s game grow.”
Ms Roche was presented with her award at the APPG’s annual charity dinner in the House of Lords, an event attended by representatives from across Parliament and various senior figures from the world of Rugby League.