GOLD Coast Titans co-captain Will Zillman has to be the most organised son in Australia. Zillman already has his plans laid out for Father’s Day on September 3 and his dad Mark is suitably impressed.
The two rugby league-loving men are planning on taking part in the inaugural Oceanway Ride cycling event on the Gold Coast. The event offers a 300m, 5.5km and 60km recreational ride from Surfers Paradise with the money raised going to Gold Coast surf lifesavers. Mark said he would most likely do the 60km ride and had already built up an interest in the activity. “I got into riding a few years ago and it will be great to be able to share the day with Will,” he said.
Both Zillman men share an impressive history in rugby league. Mark made his first grade debut for Brisbane Valleys in the same game Wally Lewis made his start. The former prop also played with the likes of Allan Langer and Gene Miles and was known for his reliability in his role. His son, Will, has largely made his name as a fullback and centre in a career that began at the Canberra Raiders in 2006.
Will said his dad was part of his inspiration to make a career out of rugby league and was looking forward to taking part in the Oceanway Ride. “I decided from a pretty young age that I wanted to pursue a career in rugby league and seeing dad play towards the end of his career did inspire me a bit,” Will said. “I’d love to do the ride with dad if I have the time and there aren’t too many better places to do it.”
Will has earnt the respect of those both on and off the field during his career and Mark said he wasn’t surprised, despite being a different style of player to what he was. “It doesn’t surprise me that the people in and outside of the club have that respect for Will because I know it is who he is,” Mark said.