About Campo

Genetic factors no doubt contributed to his sporting prowess because talent runs through both sides of his family lineage. Terry (Campo) Campese, has talent running through his veins. 

 

He is the nephew of David Campese, AM, also known as Campo – an Australian rugby union legend, capped by the Wallabies 101 times. Campo senior played 85 tests at wing and 16 at fullback.

 

Terry is also cousin to former AFL player and current Ardmona Cats senior coach Shane Crawford. Crawford played 305 senior games for the Hawthorn Football Club and won the league’s highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal.

 

Terry’s young brother, Trent Britton, picked up a golf club for the first time in 2012 and in 2017 became Queanbeyan Club Champion and ACT Monaro District Champion and also won the Matchplay Championships twice and was a member of the 2018 victorious Queanbeyan A-Grade Pennant team. 

Terry Campese Foundation “Helping young people develop self-esteem and improve their prospects for the future, through mentoring, opportunities and events”.
Terry Campese Foundation “Helping young people develop self-esteem and improve their prospects for the future, through mentoring, opportunities and events”.

His sporting talent is well known however, Terry Campese has been graced with another gift — a big heart and a generous spirit.

He grew up playing both rugby league and rugby union and assumed he would follow his famous uncle into the 15 man code. However, rugby league coach, Matt Elliot persuaded him to join the Canberra Raiders youth set-up. This decision meant turning down a number of offers from Rugby Union.

‘Campo’ the younger, debuted for Canberra Raiders in 2004. He went on to captain the green machine before a stint in the English Super League.

He returned home to coach his junior club the Queanbeyan Blues in the Canberra Raiders Cup 

Selfless 

In the 2008 season he scored 36 points in round 22 against the Panthers with 10 goals and 4 tries. He had a chance to equal Mal Meninga’s record  of 38 points with a simple kick from in front of the goal posts but he unselfishly handed the final conversion of the game from in front of the posts to young halfback Marc Herbert who comfortably slotted the attempt. Campo didn’t think he had done enough in the game (at that stage) to equal such a prestigious club record held by one the greatest players ever, ‘Big Mal’. 

Canberra won the game, 74–12. Campo assumed the goal kicking duties and became the side’s main attacking point as Canberra finished the season second only to Champion’s Manly in point scoring. He finished the season first in line-break assists (25) and 4th in try assists (25), and added 10 tries and 40 goals.

2008

Australian World Cup Squad

2009

Selected for Country City V Country

Selected for NSW State of Origin

2013

Selected in the Italian National Team — although medical advice ruled him out that year

Named winner of the coveted Ken Stephen Medal* 

Having only set up the Terry Campese Foundation in 2012, he had within the first 12 months raised over $100,000 for local causes. 

*The Ken Stephen Medal recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on the field, but has committed time off the field to community projects. 

2015

Named captain of the English Super League club, the Hull Kingston Rovers, within a week of arriving in the East Yorkshire city of Hull.

2017

Played for Italy in the World Cup

While sidelined through injury it was not unusual to see Terry taking young people with disabilities to Raiders home games, including taking them into the sheds to meet the team.

Terry Campese Foundation “Helping young people develop self-esteem and improve their prospects for the future, through mentoring, opportunities and events”.
Terry Campese Foundation “Helping young people develop self-esteem and improve their prospects for the future, through mentoring, opportunities and events”.
Terry Campese Foundation “Helping young people develop self-esteem and improve their prospects for the future, through mentoring, opportunities and events”.
Terry Campese Foundation “Helping young people develop self-esteem and improve their prospects for the future, through mentoring, opportunities and events”.
Terry Campese Foundation “Helping young people develop self-esteem and improve their prospects for the future, through mentoring, opportunities and events”.
Terry Campese Foundation “Helping young people develop self-esteem and improve their prospects for the future, through mentoring, opportunities and events”.