Article: Sutherland Shire Leader, Murray Trembath [Monday, 15 May 2017]
Rugby league fans can now prove they were born to support their team by having their club's colours and mascot emblazoned on a commemorative birth certificate.
Jeremy Latimore with Everly, Luke Lewis with Hazel and Sam Tagatese with Faith were presented with commemorative certificates by Mark Speakman. Picture John Veage.
Many Cronulla Sharks fans have celebrated the club's first premiership by ordering an NRL-themed birth certificate.
A further spike in demand is expected with the arrival of "grand final babies".
Sharks stars Luke Lewis, Jeremy Latimore and Sam Tagataese, who have new babies, are among the latest recipients of the commemorative certificates.
They were presented with them by Attorney-General and Cronulla MP Mark Speakman on Monday at a promotion of the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages product.
Tagatese's daughter Faith is three months, Latimore's daughter Everly is 11 months and Lewis's daughter Hazel is 13 months.
Mr Speakman said the registry had sold about 2000 NRL-themed birth certificates since launching the novel product in April last year.
They are not just for babies, but can be ordered for fans of all ages.
Mr Speakman said Canterbury Bulldogs certificates had been the biggest seller, making up 16 per cent of orders.
"Sharks certificates are the next highest with 12 per cent, but there could be a grand final spike about July," he said.
Registrar Amanda Ianna said there had been a six-fold increase in applications for Sharks certificates since the grand final.
NRL-themed birth certificates are available in the colours of all 16 clubs.
From 1 September 2017, when you order the $81 Commemorative Birth Certificate package you receive a Commemorative and a Standard Birth Certificate (valued at $56) for official purposes. With each package, you have the option to add on further Commemorative Certificates at $25 each.