How Nicho Hynes overcame a traumatic childhood to win NRL’s Dally M, as the star pays tribute to her mother

How Nicho Hynes overcame her traumatic childhood to win the Dally M: Star pays heartfelt tribute to her mother after seeing her get thrown in jail as a child

  • Sharks running back Nicho Hynes won the Dally M medal in Sydney on Wednesday.
  • Hynes earned a record 38 votes after an impressive debut season with Cronulla
  • The 26-year-old thanked his mother, who has had numerous struggles in life.
  • Hynes has also previously opened up about her personal battles with mental health.

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Cronulla Sharks star Nicho Hynes won the Dally M medal on Wednesday night in unprecedented fashion, with the midfielder gaining even more fans in rugby league circles after thanking his mother on stage. .

Julie Hynes has endured many hardships in her life, including stints in jail when the NRL playmaker was a child growing up on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Umina.

But Hynes’s deep love for his mother remains, and she was also his date on Sydney’s glittering night of rugby league nights.

Speaking on the Today show on Thursday morning, after “less than a couple of hours of sleep,” Hynes again emphasized how much he appreciates having her in his life.

“She means a lot…my whole family does,” the 26-year-old said.

‘Mom has been a big part of why I’m so lucky to have this [Dally M] Medal. “Also my father, my brother and my stepmother… I am very grateful for his continued support.”

Hynes went from Storm to Sharks in the off-season and was a revelation at Shire.

In his first full campaign as an NRL racer, Hynes guided Cronulla to second place on the ladder.

He also garnered a record 38 votes, the most by any player in medal history.

Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco (33 votes) and Dragons running back Ben Hunt (32 votes) also did well.

In May, Hynes spoke about the pain of seeing his mother taken to jail by police when he was in elementary school.

When she was incarcerated, Julie Hynes was shocked to discover the family’s Native American heritage.

A beaming Hynes recalled telling his grade school classmates the news, only to be branded a liar.

“It was a special moment for me to say, ‘I’m Aboriginal,'” Cronulla’s midfielder recalled.

“But right away, everyone was like ‘shit, you’re not black’…it hurt like hell.”

Hynes endured a difficult childhood, with his parents separating when he was a young child, and then his stepfather died. in a truck accident when he fell asleep at the wheel.

With Mrs. Hynes in and out of jail, Nicho lived with her father Mick Wilson and her brother Wade.

Watching officers place his mother in the back of a boxcar when he was young is an image that is unlikely to ever leave his mind.

Julie Hynes is pictured with her two sons, Wade and Nicholas, when they lived on the central coast of New South Wales.

Julie Hynes is pictured with her two sons, Wade and Nicholas, when they lived on the central coast of New South Wales.

NRL star Nicho Hynes is the kind of person who always looks for a silver lining in life, and in her case, it was her mother who discovered the family's indigenous heritage while she was in jail.

NRL star Nicho Hynes is the kind of person who always looks for a silver lining in life, and in her case, it was her mother who discovered the family's indigenous heritage while she was in jail.

NRL star Nicho Hynes is the kind of person who always looks for a silver lining in life, and in her case, it was her mother who discovered the family’s indigenous heritage while she was in jail.

It resulted in many tears and questions, but Hynes doesn’t hold a grudge against her mother.

And when she returned from another prison stint armed with news of her family roots, half the Sharks were all ears.

ohother women [inside] I taught mom about our heritage,’ Hynes told the daily telegraph.

‘I heard from my grandfather, a proud Aboriginal man.

“It was great…mom came home and talked openly about our indigenous background for the first time.”

Hynes is proud of his Aboriginal heritage and equally happy to be a role model.

Hynes is proud of his Aboriginal heritage and equally happy to be a role model.

Hynes is proud of his Aboriginal heritage and equally happy to be a role model.

Hynes joined Cronulla from Melbourne in the off-season and guided the Sharks to second place on the ladder this year.

Hynes joined Cronulla from Melbourne in the off-season and guided the Sharks to second place on the ladder this year.

Hynes joined Cronulla from Melbourne in the off-season and guided the Sharks to second place on the ladder this year.

He soon discovered that the family is linked to Griffith and the Wiradjuri people, the largest nation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

Hynes wanted to shout the news from the rooftops, such was his pride in the Darkinjung and Mingaletta clans in the area, only to be shot down again by his comrades.

To this day, Hynes regrets not speaking up, and now, as an NRL footballer, he knows his voice will be heard.

‘Rugby The league has given me a platform to come out and express who I am,” he said.

‘We have an opportunity to share who we are and pave the way for the next generation.’

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