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Paul Green’s family donates premiership-winning coach’s brain to science


Paul Green’s family has donated the premiership-winning coach’s brain to the Australian Sports Brain Bank.

Just a week after the tragic death of the former NRL player and coach, the Green family’s search for answers over his passing has led to the decision to gain a wider perspective around the concussion-related condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

On the Australian Sports Brain Bank website, the Green family left a message with a goal of raising up to $150,000 for research: “In memory of our beloved Paul, we ask that you support the pioneering work of the Australian Sports Brain Bank.

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“Paul was known for always looking out for others. We are proud that part of his legacy will be looking out for the brain health of all others involved in the game that he loved.

“Amanda, Emerson and Jed.”

The premiership-winning North Queensland coach had a dominant local club career in Brisbane before making grade with Cronulla and going on to play for the Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and Brisbane.

He won the Rothmans Medal with the Sharks in 1995, having two years earlier won the equivalent award in the Brisbane competition.

“This is an incredibly generous donation and will be an invaluable part of our research into the long-term effects of repetitive head impacts in sport and elsewhere,” Michael Buckland, director of the Australian Sports Brain Bank, praised the family for their decision in a statement.

“We at the Australian Sports Brain Bank are blown away by the fact that in their time of grief, Amanda and the rest of the family thought of how they could help others.”

Green’s family said they hoped the donation would have a positive impact.

“He had a wonderful and enquiring mind, and he never backed away from asking the hard questions. We hope this donation will help us understand more about brain health and mental health and save lives in the future,” Amanda Green said.

Paul’s sister Lisa Miller added:

“Paul was known for always looking out for others. We are proud that part of his legacy will be looking out for the brain health of others – past, present and future – involved in the game that he loved.”

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