Cronulla MP Mark Speakman today congratulated Ruan Sims and Kate Fitzsimons on being named finalists for the 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards.


The NSW Women of the Year Awards program recognises remarkable women across the state who have achieved inspiring things in their careers, in business or in their communities.


Cronulla’s Ruan Sims is a finalist in the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award. Ruan is a firefighter with the NSW Fire and Rescue Service, a professional rugby league player, leader, role model, media commentator, NRL Ambassador, domestic violence and mental health advocate.


Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Award finalist, Kate Fitzsimons of Cronulla, is the director of the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation. The foundation aims to educate young people on the importance of overseas travel safety and also provides talented and dedicated young performing artists and sportspeople with financial assistance.


“Ruan and Kate are each making a significant impact in the places where we live and work, and in the lives of the people around them.


“I am pleased that these inspirational women are being recognised in this way and I encourage the community to show their support by viewing their remarkable stories online and by voting,” Mr Speakman said.


Finalists are listed in the following 2019 Awards categories, which are now open for online voting:

  • Community Hero Award,
  • Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Award,
  • Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award,
  • NSW Business Woman of the Year Award, and
  • First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award.

To submit your vote, or read more about the finalists, visit:


Voting closes on 15 February, with winners to be announced at the 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards at the International Convention Centre Sydney on March 7.