Mark Bickley

Reading is Important

As a young student attending primary school I was lucky enough to be involved in a book club, which meant I got a brand new book each month. I can still remember some of my favourite titles:

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Harry the Dirty Dog

As I grew older these books and many others were safely stored away and are now giving just as much pleasure to a new generation, my children.

I began to take an interest in biographies, sportspeople and Australian history in particular, always looking for clues to find out how and why they had been successful in their field.

In more recent times I’ve enjoyed reading about Gallipoli and the Kakoda Trail – important events which helped shape Australia as a nation.

I think the area I find most rewarding is reading with my children. It’s not just the obvious pleasure I get from seeing them enjoy the story, but also watching their reading skills develop. It gives them confidence and independence, which makes reading a very important part of all of our lives.

Fact File

My favourite food
It’s to do with sport

My dream car
Toyota Landcruiser

My worst injury
Broken leg

My favourite movie
Die Hard

My favourite colours
Blue

My hero and why
My Parents because they are great role models

My favourite possession
My watch

If I wasn’t doing my current job I would like to be
A ski instructor

The most important things in life
To be honest

My Ambassador Reading Tip
Read books that you enjoy

Photo: Mark Bickley visits Seaton High School

Football Career Highlights

  • Played 272 games from 1991 – 2003
  • First game was in round 4, 1991
  • Runner-up to Club Champion 1993
  • Best Team Man 1992, 1993, 2000
  • Premiership Player 1997, 1998
  • Club Captain 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Club Vice-Captain 1995, 1996
  • Made a life member of the Crows in 1999
  • Crows Team of the Decade for the first 10 years
  • Best Team Man of the Decade for the first 10 years
  • Inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2009

There is more about Mark Bickley on the Adelaide Crows website in the club history section.
https://crowshistory.afc.com.au/afl-players/mark-bickley

More Information about Mark Bickley

Mark Bickley retired as a player for the Adelaide Crows when he was 34 years old.

For the next 5 years, he was involved with various aspects of the sporting media, including football commentating, television presenter on football shows and the news.

In November 2008, he returned to the Adelaide Crows in his new role as assistant coach.

He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Photo: Mark Bickley visiting Salisbury Schools

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