Truly Extraordinary Individual Recognised Forever!
The most prestigious individual honour in Rugby League, the Man of Steel award, is to be named in memory of the sport’s most respected player, Steve Prescott.
From October this year, the player who makes the biggest impact on the First Utility Super League season will receive the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award.
It is with great pride and honour that the Cabinet Office has informed me that I have been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Years Honours List.
It was a tremendous surprise, and although I am not doing the charity work for awards, this is one, which I will accept with open arms. The award is not just for me, but also for my family, friends and all the special people who have been involved with the Steve Prescott Foundation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank, not only the people close to me, but also everybody who has helped me along the way – no matter how big or small. Without their help and combined efforts I would not be able to achieve such a high accolade. This is something I never imagined would happen.
Being made an MBE underlines the achievements of the Steve Prescott Foundation. This recognition really makes me want to make the SPF even more successful and it is a great start to the New Year.
Steve Prescott MBE
Unfortunately Steve could not make the Awards but this was the speech he prepared for the night!
Thank you so much for giving me this award, having been present at the awards ceremony last year I realise how special the night is. I am sorry I am unable to be there to collect this prestigious accolade. My father has kindly agreed to receive it on my behalf but that’s as far as it goes…….please don’t ask him to speak!!!
To be acknowledged by rugby league writers and media correspondents who have a vast knowledge of the game and who can appreciate what we are trying to do, as a foundation is a great honour.
When I needed the help, I was blown away by people’s kindness and I realised how much it helped my family and me.
I am not doing these events for awards or for my own personal gain.
I just trying to give people the same lift I was given, whether that’s a motivational lift, or with your help, a financial lift or even bring awareness of the two charities.
A special mention should go to the foundation members for their dedication and time, the rugby league community players past and present, coaches, clubs and the press, especially David Burke who represented the press so admirably on our last challenge, cycling from the front and going above and beyond requirements……like the naked swimming at every opportunity even if it meant taking in an additional 20 miles to get there!!!!
Also the general public or anybody who has helped the foundation because without your help and generosity we wouldn’t be able to make a difference in some ones life.
Article from the St Helens Star, Video Courtesy of Angela Powers & Sky Sports
RUGBY league recognised the incredible achievements of Steve Prescott when he was awarded a special honour named after the late Mike Gregory.
Former Saints full back Prescott, who has terminal cancer, was presented with the Spirit of Rugby League Award at the engage Super League Man of Steel dinner in Manchester on Monday night.
Despite his illness, the 35-year-old has completed a series of charity challenges along with friends – including the London Marathon, treks between rugby grounds across the country, and most recently the gruelling Carnegie Challenge, which involved cycling, rowing and running.
Steve, who lives in St Helens with wife Linzi and their two children, was diagnosed in 2006 with a rare form of the cancer called Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, which affects the abdominal region.
He underwent major surgery to remove a tumour and chemotherapy, however, the disease is incurable.
Prekky has displayed an indomitable fighting spirit, with fundraising efforts amassing thousands for The Steve Prescott Foundation, which supports the Christie Hospital and the Rugby League Benevolent Fund. According to the RFL, the Spirit of Rugby League Award recognises and acknowledges individuals whose career in the game has consistently reflected the core values of the sport over an extended period of time and who have made a significant and positive contribution to rugby league.
It is named in memory of Mike Gregory, the former Great Britain and Warrington captain, who sadly passed away in 2007 aged 43 after a four-year battle with a neurological disease