Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin is the very definition of a Rugby League role model both on and off the field.
The unassuming Ballin has been labelled by friends and Manly team mates as "Mr Nice Guy" and is regarded as one of the NRL's hardest working players. Matt has achieved almost everything in the game including two premierships, a World Club Challenge and an Origin jumper for his beloved Queensland but his work away from football is equally as impressive.
In between his demanding NRL commitments, the 30-year old fitness fanatic still finds time to juggle his studies in physical education at university and puts it into practice by running his own successful personal training business since 2005.
Matt's respected position in rugby league led to the NRL approaching him to become a mentor in their Trade UP with the NRL program where he provides support and guidance to players who choose to study an apprenticeship.
Matt is also a keen family man, married to wife Shannan and father to three beautiful children, Fletcher, Murphy and daughter Mackenzie. Matt's devotion to his family is illustrated in pre-game rituals including watching a slideshow of his wife and kids on his phone before kick-off and having them write on his football boots to make him feel happy and confident on the field.
Matt has shown throughout his career what a fine role model he is and we at the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles believe his work on and off the field embodies the values and qualities of a true rugby league ambassador and makes him a worthy nominee for the Harvey Norman Women In League Favourite Son Award.