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Episode 167 - Billy Walters & Heroes with Ability

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In this podcast

4:11 - Welcome Billy Walters 4:45 - How he snuck up on the stage at 2000 NRL Grand Final 6:06 - What his childhood house was like growing up 6:45 - When he grew taller than Alfie 7:09 - Walters backyard battles 8:00 - Playing with his brother at Easts Tigers 9:11 - Any other weird nicknames amongst the Walters family 10:30 - Starting out in rugby league 11:07 - Other sports he played 12:52 - Coming through the ranks and the feedback on his ability 14:36 - Best sledge he ever got growing up 16:19 - Experiencing his teenage years in France 18:08 - Playing footy in France 19:11 - Coming back and going to Marist College 19:55 - Learning his trade with former Bronco Philip Lee 21:19 - Playing SG Ball with the Melbourne Storm and not being required for the 20's 22:38 - Handling being cut from the Storm 23:14 - Playing Colts at the Easts Tigers 23:50 - Where his on field style developed from 25:31 - Playing with no crowd in round 2 26:42 - How he got back in the Storm system 28:01 - The punishing nature of Storm training 29:55 - Why he signed with Melbourne 30:40 - Michael Maguire 31:52 - Learning to play in the middle 32:57 - How he found out he was going to be debuting in first grade 34:00 - Being behind the scenes at Queensland Origin teams 35:16 - Gym buddies with Cameron Smith 36:27 - Being presented his jersey by his Dad Kevin 38:01 - Pulling off the win in his first game 39:16 - Brodie Croft 39:40 - The key driver behind his perseverance in his career 40:35 - The challenge and opportunity with the Wests Tigers 41:29 - His Uncles Steve and Kerrod 42:40 - Playing with one of his heroes Benji Marshall 43:52 - Harry Grant coming to the club 44:27 - The boys in Melbourne and the Tigers 45:20 - His off field interests and linking up with Heroes with Ability 47:18 - People who has influenced him to get involved in the community 49:10 - Favourite try or memorable goal 51:21 - Favourite venue and Boggy ground 52:25 - His routine before a game 53:28 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party 55:00 - Any interest in ever coaching


59:08 - Welcome George & Marco 59:45 - George Tonna and his background with his disability and sports 1:00:45 - Forming a Paralympic soccer team for Australia in the 2000 games 1:02:24 - Understanding what he goes through day to day with Cerebral Palsy 1:05:40 - Marco and his own story with his son Marco Junior 1:06:55 - When he found out his son had a disability 1:08:16 - His advice on handling the news that your child has a disability 1:10:01 - How Heroes with Ability started 1:15:00 - The community they have created and social inclusion 1:16:20 - The impact of Corona virus and the future plans 1:18:33 - The demographics of the participants 1:19:28 - Marco's Daughter Ciena 1:21:55 - The connection with their ambassador's Ryan Matterson & Billy Walters 1:23:31 - Shaun Spence 1:26:30 - How people can help out moving forward 1:30:15 - Closing words from the gents


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Billy Walters is a professional rugby league player for the Wests Tigers where he plays at hooker or the halves. He debuted at the Melbourne Storm in 2019 and he comes from strong family ties to rugby league with his Father current Queensland Maroons coach and Brisbane Broncos Legend Kevin Walters and his Uncles Steve and Kerrod Walters.


Heroes with Ability was founded by George Tonna and Marco Quintao It was formed to inspire, teach, motivate, as well as incorporate all aspects of health & well being, social inclusion, and community awareness.. Heroes with Ability offer 10-week sports activity programs for people in Australia with physical &/or intellectual disabilities

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