Once a shy little boy from a small country town who refused to hear that he couldn’t achieve grand things in life. Preston Campbell comes from Tingha, population less than 900, about 30km from Inverell in northern NSW.
Preston started playing rugby league with the lnverell Hawks and made his NRL debut with the Gold Coast Chargers in 1998 as a diminutive winger. Since then he has played for the Cronulla Sharks, Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans.
Preston retired in 2011 after playing a staggering 267 NRL ﬁrst grade games. Throughout his football years, he has been part of a premiership winning team and was awarded the Dally M Player of the Year in 2001. But it is what he has achieved off the field which is just as inspiring. He received the Ken Stephen Medal in 2008, an annual award given to the NRL player who has contributed most significantly to the community.
Since retiring Preston has become one of Australia’s most influential sporting ambassadors, working tirelessly in the community as an Ambassador, with a huge focus on support individuals, families and communities across a wide range of fields.