Billy Slater is a former one-time captain of the Queensland State of Origin team spent his entire career in the National Rugby League with the Melbourne Storm. The former is also the recipient of the 2008 Golden Boot Award for Australia national rugby league team (Kangaroos).
Billy Slater Bio & Family; Father’s Prolonged Illness
The former Rugby player, age 36, was born as William Slater on 18 June 1983 in Nambour. He stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 89 kg. Speaking of his education, Billy attended Innisfail State High School but sooner or later left the place at the age of 16 to follow his passion into thoroughbred racing.
Billy’s family includes his father, Ron Slater; a former footy player and coach and mother named Judy Slater. His dad was infected with a very serious lung infection that made Billy opt-out from a final home match at AAMI Park against Penrith on 1st September 2018. Ron is in a sound health condition now and is enjoying his life with the family. Both his parents always supported his career and his mom also made some memories of her son’s achievement with the aid of scrapbooks full of newspaper clippings.
Career & Net Worth
The former’s net worth is estimated to be around $18 million. In 2003, Billy commenced his professional Rugby career playing for the Melbourne Storm for their match with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Just a year after, Billy made his first appearance in the wing position for Queensland at the State of Origin series. In the same year, with 14 tries of 22 matches, Billy was named in the Kangaroos squad for the European tour. However, an injury deprived the former of joining the tour.
Billy had a very successful season with the Melbourne team between 2003 to 2011 until his collarbone injury. The pain ruled him out from the game during Australian 36-20 victory against England at Wembley Stadium.
Nevertheless, the fullback came with a bang during Kangaroos‘ 20-12 victory against New Zealand at Eden Park in 2012. Besides that, he also scored the first try in Melbourne’s 2013 World Club Challenge with 18-14 win over Leeds Rhinos. Billy played his 250th games with Melbourne Storm in 2014 and his 300th career-defining game in 2018.
Billy Slater training in his Melbourne Storm jersey on 27 September 2018 (Picture: Billy’s Instagram)
With an impeccable 16 years of career with Melbourne, Billy confirmed his retirement at the 2018 season end. His final game came with a loss against Sydney Roosters, on 30 September 2018. Just a days after, Bily allied with Australian Football League’s club St Kilda on 10 October 2018 on his mentorship duty.
Wife & Kids Are His First Priority
Besides his career-defining role, the 35-year-old relishes almost a decade old marriage. Billy and his wife, Nicole Slater (née Rose) exchanged wedding vows back on 28 November 2009 in Cairns, Queensland.
Billy Slater and his wife, Nicole Slate during the super bowl time on 4 February 2019 (Picture: Billy’s Instagram)
Together the lovely duo gave birth to an elder daughter named Tyla Rose followed by a son, Jake. Billy is a family guy and has always prioritized his wife and kids. According to him, They’re the people who make life great when things are a bit tough.
Some Interesting Facts About Billy Slater
- With 19 tries in 26 matches, Billy is one of the highest try scorers for Melbourne Storm in 2003.
- Apart from plating, Billy has published some books upon him including Billy Slater: Number One (2013), Show and Go (2014) and MOVE with Billy Slater (2018) to name a few.
- After rugby, he also joined the Nine Network’s NRL commentary team in 2019.
- Melbourne Storm Announced the renaming of the Northern Stand of AAMI Park to Slater Stand on 14 March 2019.