North Shore Mariners’ ace striker Gabe Marzano understands the importance of what ANZAC Day means to her.
The 28-year-old served this wonderful country for seven solid years as an Officer in the Australian Army within the Royal Australian Engineer Corps and was also a qualified diver before leaving her full-time post in 2018.
“ANZAC Day is a time to reflect and commemorate the service of Australian and New Zealand military members, who served and continue to serve in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
“I enjoy the commemorations because it’s really special having served in the Australian Army so taking part in remembrance is important to me.
“I was an Officer in the Army within the Royal Australian Engineer Corps. I held leadership and management responsibilities of the best capability in the Army.
“I specialised in mobility and counter-mobility effects and performed roles such as construction, demolitions, bridge building, mine clearing and more.
“I was also a qualified Diver which was predominantly construction and demolitions under water.
“I served in the Army for 7 years and decided to leave full-time service in 2018.
“I had a great career and a big motivation for me was to learn something new, which at the moment is business and technology.
The former W-League star quickly pointed out to Football NSW that she’s ready to re-enlist such is her true passion for serving her country.
“I’m about to re-enlist but as a part-time serving member within a specialist role.
Being part of the Australian army, Marzano was able to bring various traits she learned during her time there with her passion for the world game.
“There are a lot of translatable skills being an elite footballer and a member of the military force.
“Whilst not everything crosses over, there’s valuable skills such as camaraderie, discipline, teamwork, striving towards a common goal, performance/achievement, getting the best out of your physicality and mentality, that are all relatable.
“Plenty of things to learn from both.”
Switching her attention to football, the Western Australian born female football star was rocked with the news of the game being temporarily suspended but remained positive albeit reminiscing about missing her fellow Mariners teammates at Northbridge Oval.
“The implications of COVID-19 have been a big adjustment, but I’ve adapted well.
“I’ve been taking more time to read and learn new things, but I’m missing football on the weekend and training with the girls
“Bantering with the girls has to be up there with what I’ve missed most.
“Football creates a community that is second to none so I’m missing the community aspect as well, interacting with the junior grades, the club staff, playing against old friends and seeing people from all different parts of the community week in week out.
“We’re all in this together though so I’m looking forward to getting back into it when COVID-19 is over.”
Here Here Gabe, thank you for continuing on with your services to this country, I know I speak for everyone involved in our game in NSW that we are proud to have you part of our tight knit football community.