A natural leader, Stephen is an admired and respected AFL player who loves sport, travel and fashion and has a passion for family and culture.
Born in Greenmount, Western Australia, Stephen grew up in a loving family alongside his parents and siblings. Both his mother and father moved to Perth in the 1960s; his Mum coming across from England and Dad from Italy. For this reason, Stephen always had a very diverse and cultured upbringing and from a young age, Stephen’s parents instilled the values and importance of culture, heritage and traditions. To this day, they often spend a lot of time sitting around the family dinner table enjoying each other’s’ company.
Growing up, Stephen excelled at both cricket and football but also placed an importance on education, which was evidenced by Stephen being named student representative of his high school; La Salle College.
In 2011, Stephen confirmed he would nominate for the 2011 AFL Draft, ending speculation about which sport he would choose to play professionally & was selected by Greater Western Sydney (GWS) with pick two in the draft. As an inaugural player of GWS, Stephen has been very influential in shaping the club’s culture & his leadership qualities were recognised when he was named Club captain in 2019.
Passionate and proud of his background, Stephen works tirelessly to use his profile to promote inclusivity and his generosity also extends to giving back to the community. On his 25th birthday he personally visited 25 junior GIANTS members at their own homes with thank-you gifts.
In addition, Stephen has been extremely influential in shaping the AFL’s cultural diversity program and is a member of the AFL Players’ Association’s Multicultural Players’ Advisory Board. His work further extends to being an AFL Multicultural Ambassador of which he mentors young footballers in the culturally diverse landscape of Western Sydney. Stephen’s community leadership work was further recognised in 2019 when he was awarded with the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award for his excellence in this field.
An avid lover travelling, Stephen has been fortunate to travel the globe in search of gaining further insight into different cultural sporting experiences, fashion and food. He has travelled all around including; NZ, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, India, England, Sweden, France, Israel, USA, Germany, Turkey, Italy, UAE, Spain & Croatia.
With an interest in business and hospitality, Stephen is working towards completing a Bachelor of Business and is a Co-Director of Macelleria Bondi & Richmond.
As an influential role model, Stephen will continue to lead, influence and engage within the greater Australian community whilst also doing volunteer and ambassador work for various organisations and brands.