Reaction to Sinfield OBE award

The worlds of Rugby League and MND fundraising have added their praise to Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield after he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Simon Johnson, the RFL Chair, said: “Kevin Sinfield was already established as a legend of the game through his playing performances for Leeds Rhinos, England and Great Britain, before his inspirational efforts in support of his former team-mate and close friend Rob Burrow MBE last winter.”

Super League Interim Chairman, Ken Davy said of Sinfield: “I am sure the whole of Rugby League will join me in congratulating Kevin on receiving this much deserved award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

“The spirit and determination shown by Kevin in support of his friend and former teammate epitomises the spirit of the Rugby League family and I am sure the whole of our sport will welcome this honour.”

Chief Executive of the Motor Neurone Disease Association Sally Light: “I have personally worked with Kevin over the last 18 months as he has raised funds and awareness for the Association, inspired by his long-standing friendship with Rob Burrow, who is now living with MND. I have found him to be a very generous and humble man, who simply wants to support people living with this brutal disease. His fundraising, awareness raising and friendship with Rob have captured the heart of the nation and all of us in the MND community are thrilled to see such a remarkable show of strength, courage and ultimately friendship recognised in this way.”

Sinfield’s former team mate and friend Rob Burrow MBE echoed those sentiments. He said, “When I was diagnosed with MND, and after talking over everything with my family, Kevin Sinfield was naturally the first person who I spoke to – he had to be because he was always the person who all players looked up to for support and guidance on all matters. 

“Kevin yet again didn’t let me down – he lifted me and others and then embarked upon yet another inspirational campaign to work towards research and treatments for MND and work towards a cure for MND very soon.

“Kevin is a winner and he doesn’t accept defeat. He set out his “Captain’s Game Plan” and set out on a campaign of fundraising for the MND research and support for MND sufferers and their families. The fundraising amounts achieved by Kevin has not just been focused on the millions raised – it’s also about raising MND awareness.

Kevin has kindly designed his fundraising initiatives on behalf of myself BUT his fundraising is on behalf of ALL MND sufferers – Kevin is now a “MND Team Captain” for all MND sufferers,” added Burrow.