Born in Queanbeyan, Terry Campese grew up playing both rugby league and rugby union. He joined the Canberra Raiders in 2002, just after completing his year 12 Certificate. In his first season with the Canberra Raiders he won a premiership with the Premier League Side, then he went onto make his First Grade debut in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he cemented his first grade spot. Since then he has played 100 first grade games for the club that he loves. In 2012, he was given the role of Club Captain. He took this responsibility seriously and enjoyed working with the younger players, helping steer them in the right direction, on and off the field. He has since played for the Hull Kingston Rovers in the European Super League competition and will play for the Italian National Team in the 2017 World Cup, later this year.
Terry Campese started The Terry Campese Foundation in 2012 which has raised $200,000 for charities such as CanTeen ACT and Southern New South Wales, St Johns Care, Youth Care ACT, Galilee Foster Care, Home in Queanbeyan, The Salvation Army, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Ronald McDonald Charity House Canberra and more.
‘I’ve been privileged to play footy at the top level and I’ve always had tremendous support and that really means a lot to me. Having had plenty of time to think while on the injury list, I decided it was time to give something back. With the help of The Foundation’s co-director Pamela Slocum and the Ideas and Directions team, I hope to be in a position to support the local community for many years to come.’
Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their families.
Hopefully we can see you there…