Believe in your dreams and don't waste opportunies when they are presented to you
Mark Ella was an Australian rugby player, he was born in a La Perouse mission in Sydney’s south. Mark played 25 caps for Australia from 1980-1984, he retired from rugby at 25. Mark played rugby league and union throughout secondary school at Matraville High School. He was selected for the Australian School Boys team and went on to play for the Wallabies.
Coming from a family of 12, Mark isn’t the only Australian representative. His brothers Gary and Glen were also Australian Wallabies, and Mark’s sister Marcia played for the Australian Netball team.
Mark lives on the Central Coast of NSW and is now a marketing and public relations specialist and a director of the Sports and Entertainment Group. In 2005 he was honored as one of the inaugural five inductees into the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame. In 1997 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
Some of Australia’s greatest rugby union and league players such as, David Campese, Roger Gould, Michael Hawker, Wally Lewis and many other international players have said of Ella as one of the greatest players ever.
Mark attributes some of his success to his mentor at high school, Geoff Mould. “Mentors believe in your ability, they help you focus, and keep you on the straight and narrow” Mark also thinks it is important to “believe in yourself”.
Mark's advice to Indigenous kids in remote and regional areas is, " always have a dream, dream what your life can be, dream about the ability to do anything. When opportunities present themselves, don’t waste them”
Mark is in regular contact with young Aboriginal children, he knows these children need role models. “Role models and mentors help through the hard times”.