Jetstar Gold Coast Titans winger Chris Walker and fullback Preston Campbell are in contention to win the Ken Stephen Medal based on their tireless efforts in the community this season.

The pair have been nominated for the award, which recognises the efforts of NRL players who have committed time off the field to community projects.

Preston Campbell continued his outstanding work within the community this season.

Campbell, who is renowned for giving time generously off the field, made 35 appearances in 2008 including visits to Lismore and Coffs Harbour for NAIDOC week celebrations.

He also participated in a video conference at Griffith University which enabled him to talk to students at six different regional schools from far western NSW.

Campbell also had a significant impact on a visit to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane earlier this year where he met Patrick Dillon, an Aboriginal man of a similar age who became a paraplegic after a swimming accident.

The pair (pictured) shared a common goal in wanting to become Aboriginal youth councillors and Campbell later returned for another visit during the season where he presented Dillon with a signed Titans jersey and $1000 donated by the club.

While injury cruelled Walker’s season on the field, it was a completely different story away from the bright lights and fanfare.

Ruled out for the year with an Achilles tendon injury, Walker had two choices -– feel sorry for himself or get out into the community and make a difference.

The 28-year-old chose the latter, making 38 community appearances throughout the season — highlighted by a life-changing visit to remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

He also attended the annual David Peachey Shield rugby league carnival in Dubbo, helped launch the Titans Learning Centre at Mudgeeraba Creek State School and assisted with the club’s My Hero Reads and Healthy Lifestyle Programs.

The Jetstar Titans are also in the running to claim the NRL’s One Community club award, having undertaken 952 community visits which amounted to a total of 1041 hours spent in the local community.

The Ken Stephen Medal will be presented on Thursday, November 13 at Sydney’s Luna Park.