Special award honours Dublin hero Jim Stynes

Catherine Murphy

DUBLINER Jim Stynes will be honoured on football's night of nights in Melbourne when his brother Brian presents the first Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.

The Australian Rules legend died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. The Jim Stynes Award is being presented during tonight's prestigious Brownlow Medal awards ceremony.

All-Ireland medal winning Dub Brian will present the award to one of three finalists, with Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell, Richmond midfielder Daniel Jackson and Gold Coast Suns defender Jarrod Harbrow in the running for the coveted prize.

The Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award is a fitting tribute to former Dublin minor Jim, who won the Brownlow Medal himself in 1991.

"This award will be bestowed on the AFL player who demonstrates the values of Jim Stynes in his commitment to the community and understanding the value of helping others," AFL chief executive officer Andrew Demetriou said. "The AFL is proud of the three finalists' outstanding contribution to the community, each demonstrating true leadership and initiative."

The winner receives $20,000 from the AFL to be donated to the charity or community programme of their choice.