The Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award is awarded to an AFL or AFLW player who has made a significant difference to the community while continuing to play and represent the game on field.

Jordan Roughead, who is one of four finalists, is being recognised for his advocacy and leadership within the community, including his ongoing incredible support and work with Ladder.

Jordan first started with Ladder as a mentor for a number of disadvantaged young people. He has dedicated his time to building the capacity of Ladder staff, as well as engaging in health and wellbeing sessions for young people. Jordan continued to advocate for Ladder within the AFL industry and broader community.

In 2017, Jordan invited a young person from one of Ladder's programs to the Brownlow Medal. He spent the day with him and even organised a brand new suit for him. As with much of Jordan’s involvement with Ladder, this act of generosity and support left a lasting impact.

More recently, Jordan was appointed to the Ladder Board in 2020 and has made a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the organisation. He is also currently the Chair of the AFL Player Reference Group at Ladder, a group of AFL and AFLW players who provide strategic direction to Ladder in the area of player engagement.

Ladder would like to thank Jordan for being a long-time supporter and for making a significant contribution to the lives of young people in Ladder programs.

Congratulations Jordan Roughead, Travis Boak, Georgie Rankin and Nicola Stevens for being finalists of the 2021 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.