A proud resident of the Cronulla area and supporter of the Sharks her entire life, Liesl Nugent, a mother of six understands what it means to be a fan of the team from the Shire.

Nugent was at Remondis Stadium on Tuesday as part of the Shark Crew’s volunteer initiative, wrapping presents to be delivered to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Randwick this Thursday.

It is this work within the community and the impact the supporters have on the club which Nugent believes sets the Sharks apart from their NRL rivals and that the forming of the Shark Crew in 2015 truly embodies this.

“It’s a great cause,” Nugent said of the Shark Crew.

“There’s a bit of everything. The club should be a community thing and it’s good because it gives a sense of broader community.”

With experience working with the Sydney City Mission, Diabetes Australia and the Sutherland Hospital, Nugent understands that results only come through hard work.

It is a mixture of this work ethic and focus on the futures of the local children which drive her to be a part of the Shark community and Nugent believes that the Shark Crew is the perfect initiative to re-engage the community with the Football Club.

 “The best part of the Shark Crew is focusing on children, the community orientation and getting people back to the game. I want children to be able to get back into the game.

“The club is something to get involved in. It’s our community and the Sharks are the identifier for people.

“It’s what the Shire’s all about!”

Nugent recalls being a part of the crowd when the Sharks played host to arch rivals The St George Dragons and hopes that one day, the next generation of Sharks fans will experience matches where the whole community is involved.

However, for the time being Nugent believes that the ability and desire of the fans to get involved is the key to the future of the club’s success.  

“So much community work goes on from the players and the fans.

“I think people need to get involved. Get into the community again.”

Injured Sharks star Fa’amanu Brown will be on hand with members of the Mermaid Cheer Squad this Thursday (April 2) to deliver the presents to the Royal Children’s Hospital on behalf of the club.

It is with this type of help from dedicated Shark Crew members such as Liesl which will ensure the club strives for greatness both on and off the field.

To find out more or to become a member of the Shark Crew, go to the link provided and be a part of the team today!

CLICK HERE - http://www.sharks.com.au/news/2015/01/20/join_the_sharkcrew_.html