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NRL Wheelchair Rugby League is pleased to announce that John Ajaka has been appointed as a director of the organisation, commencing October 2021. A former NRL Wheelchair patron, he has been closely involved with our inclusive sport for several years.

Chairman Martin Meredith said: “John Ajaka will be a great asset to the WRL Board. He has many years of association with our sport. He will also be contributing his experience as a parliamentarian and businessman and his personal values as a father and community member. His previous experience as Minister for Disability Services also provides him with a unique insight that will only strengthen our organisation.”

John Ajaka has many years of experience as a former member of the Legislative Council of NSW, a NSW Government Minister and a Rockdale City Councillor. He operated a legal practice for 25 years and has also been on the board of several companies, bringing a wealth of experience to the role.

Mr Ajaka said: “I am very pleased to be joining the Board of NRL Wheelchair Rugby League. Having been a part of the NRL Wheelchair family as a patron for several years, I have admired its growth and development. As a Director, I will be pleased to contribute to the organisation’s strategic growth plans that will be boosted through the Australian Wheelaroos participation at next year’s Rugby League World Cup.”

In addition to Mr Ajaka’s appointment, NRL Wheelchair Director Susie Mills has resigned as a director of the NRL Wheelchair Board. The organisation thanks Ms Mills for her valuable contribution to the sport over the past few years.