By LAWRENCE MACHADO
JORDAN FENBOW does not just get excited about socks, she goes crazy over them.
So crazy that the Kellyville teenager is now the poster girl for rugby league’s annual fundraiser, along with her sporting idol, James Tedesco, after her design was selected for the Crazy Sock campaign.
The Crazy Sock round is scheduled to run between July 31st to August 8th to raise money for the Men of League Foundation which supports those in need within the rugby league community.
Jordan’s odd sock design was originally going to be used in the 2020 campaign which was postponed due to the Covid pandemic. This year the sale of the Crazy Socks has been so strong that they have sold out … all 6,000 pairs of them!
NRL 1st Grade teams will be wearing the Crazy Socks over the two rounds as will other junior teams nationwide however local Sydney junior rugby league teams in lockdown may not be able to get back on the field to play but will wear their socks at home and are encouraged to post a photo on their social and tag the Men of League Foundation in support.
A long-time Oztag player and now Kellyville Bushranger, Jordan is very creative and was motivated to enter the design competition because it enabled her to combine her love of sport with her love of creative design.
The Year 11 Kellyville High student hopes to study graphic design when she leaves school. “When I was told by email that I had won the Crazy Socks design competition, I could not believe it and had to read it a few times for it to sink in,” Jordan said. “I am just so happy that something I created is helping people,” she said.
“One of the designs was inspired by old school comics and the other by the emblem of the Men in League Foundation.” The 16-year-old’s next major surprise occurred a few months ago when she turned up for the presentation at Rugby League HQ. She was in the middle of a major photography session to promote the Crazy Sock round when her sporting hero, Rooster James Tedesco walked into the room to join her. “I was so happy,” she said. “It was like being in a dream. I love the way he plays … he is really inspiring.”
While full back is her favourite position at Kellyville Bushrangers JRLFC, Jordan usually plays centre or wing. She gets her love for league from dad Andrew who played the game for years. Her Mum Rhonda played netball and touch footy.
To find out more or to make a donation to the fundraiser visit menofleague.com
Photographs of Jordan with James Tedesco and Jordan Fenbow are courtesy of the Men of League Foundation.