George says he is lucky to a have disability – ‘because it’s made me who I am today’. He’s used his own experience of cerebral palsy as a catalyst for positive action – creating opportunities for others living with disability.
He represented Australia as Vice-Captain in soccer at the 2000 Paralympic Games. He set up Football with People with Cerebral Palsy in 1999 with the Australian Paralympic Committee. He also set up the Maltese Rugby League Association (Malta Knights) who now play rugby League in Malta.
In 2010, he formed the NSW Physical Disability Rugby League Association (NSW PDRLA), giving players with a disability a chance to experience the exhilaration of playing football and celebrate their sporting ability. The NSW PDRLA now has five clubs across Sydney, made up of players with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, vision and hearing impairments, and amputees.
For the 2014 NAIDOC celebrations, George and Souths Cares set up the first physical disability representative rugby league match, between Combined Indigenous Nations and NSW PDRLA All- Stars. The event is now the highlight of the season, showcasing the abilities of both the teams.
Marco is a father of two and has been involved with disability for the last 20 years through the birth of his son Marco junior. Marco junior has both a physical and intellectual disability.
He has also been a volunteer for physical disability rugby league for the past 8 years and has volunteered his time numerously within the community. Marco has been assisting with the running of International Disability Day community events and has organised fundraising annual golf charity events supporting people with disabilities.
Being Marco's father, has taught him valuable experience that can not been taught nor learnt through text book, he has learnt how to cater and assist a child/adult with varying abilities. Marco can relate to challenges that people with disabilities face through hands on experience within his own family unit daily.
His proudest achievement is being the role of being both, Ciena and Marco’s father. He has expressed many times he feels that he has been taught by the best teacher ever...
“His own Son Marco!”
“His hero with Ability!”