“Marcus was a knowledgeable, entertaining and enthusiastic presenter, who was a wonderful addition to our schools NAIDOC celebrations. He captivated the entire school with his beautiful performances, and his talk offered a fantastic connection to his life and learnings through discussions of his own experiences. The workshops he ran with our students afforded them a unique and personal perspective on issues of belonging and identity, and had the students wrapt and talking for days. The intimate workshop has built to the students abilities and interests, and the fact that they stayed long into recess to finish their work with Marcus speaks volumes”
Casey is one of Australia’s few, and most successful, Aboriginal male models, having featured in campaigns for Sluggers swimwear, aussieBum apparel and BLK performance apparel, super-fit Casey is turning heads both nationally and on a world-wide scale.
Aside from his undeniable good looks and natural athleticism, Casey also possesses a keen sense of intelligence and integrity. In addition to modelling, he is also a passionate youth and family practitioner committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives with some international media outlets dubbing him “the Youth Warrior from Downunder”.
The towering Queenslander, who originally hails from the town of Bluff, is no stranger to the spotlight. Previously he played NRL for the Sydney Roosters for three years after being discovered playing high school rugby league in Yeppoon by former game great Arthur Beetson. However, after enduring six operations in two years, including a full shoulder reconstruction, Casey was forced to retire prematurely at age 22 due to injury.
But as luck would have it shortly afterwards, whilst managing a gym, he was discovered again. A talent scout spotted him walking down the street in Sydney’s Paddington and asked him if he was interested in modelling. Since that fateful meeting, Casey has gone on to a successful modelling career.
In fact, his sizzling shots in the 2015/2016 Sluggers summer swimwear campaign drew media interest as far afield as the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, France, Turkey and New Zealand.
He has also collaborated with the likes of SumoSalad, V Energy, NITV and co-hosted MTV’s Pride Week alongside Courtney Act.
Now based in Sydney, easy-going Casey, who is the middle child in a family of five boys, is a born mediator. He’s put those skills to good use having spent many years as a youth worker working with at-risk teens and young people. In his time, Casey has seen it all – mentoring youths who have battled everything from physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, uncontrollable on-line gaming habits and raging ice addictions. He now shares his own personal journey for the likes of The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, ACON, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, GX Australia, and for numerous government and educational organisations.
Casey has also shared his own person experiences in print contributions for SBS Sexuality and Star Observer. He recently used his profile to raise awareness around sexual health in the Northern Territory as the face of NTAHC’s Wet and Dry Campaign.
As an Aboriginal person in the public eye, Casey is determined to honour his heritage and be a positive influence on young people – not only through his youth work, but also by being a healthy role model in his modelling campaigns promoting vitality, an active lifestyle and a positive body image.
Casey Conway’s mother is a descendent of the Barada people. His family experienced the painful legacy of the stolen generation, and they have actively worked to overcome the adversity that has filtered down on an intergenerational level.