Born and raised in Tamworth, NSW, Alan was selected for the Canberra Raiders on a junior Rugby League scholarship in 1999 and made his first-grade debut against the Brisbane Broncos in 2000.
Throughout his stellar 13-year career with the Raiders – five of which he served as captain – Alan tallied more than 200 matches, was named Lock of the Year and Captain of the Year at the 2008 Dally M Awards.
Alan first became an NRL Ambassador in 2012, and today serves as the face of the NRL Voice Against Violence program which uses its powerful voice to help raise awareness of and prevent violence against women and children. Even during his professional playing days, Alan supported a number of charity programs and today continues to serve his community as an Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Canberra, Domestic Violence Crisis Services (Canberra) Champion, is a board member of the Men of League, and an ambassador for the Full Stop Foundation. Since retiring in 2011, Alan founded the Mentoring Thru Fitness program, empowering and motivating young people to better their lives.
Alan Tongue was named 2017 ACT Australian of the Year using his talents to help others – teaching young people to make positive life choices, tackling domestic violence and helping homeless people. Post-retirement, Alan’s status as a Canberra legend continues to grow.
Today Alan and his wife and four kids live in Canberra. Alan is a qualified mechanic and holds certificates in Small Business, Personal Training and Youth Work.