Gary Mara

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Gary Mara
Personal information
Full name Gary Robert Mara
Born (1962-08-09)9 August 1962
Died 21 August 2012(2012-08-21) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1982 Balmain Tigers 1 0 0 0 0
1984 Parramatta Eels 2 0 3 0 6
Total 3 0 3 0 6

Gary Robert Mara (9 August 1962 – 21 August 2012) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s. The son of Bob Mara, he played for Balmain Tigers in the 1982 NSWRL season, and for Parramatta Eels in the 1984 NSWRL season.[1]

After leaving rugby league, he worked at his family's pub, the Unity Hall Hotel in Balmain.[2]

Mara died while holidaying with his family in Los Angeles, when he and his daughter were struck by a speeding drunk driver as they crossed a road.[2] The driver, model Cara Cameron,[3] was charged with murder and vehicular manslaughter.[4] In a plea deal Cameron plead 'no contest' to "vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated".[3] She will serve 4 years jail, and pay US$ 100,000 to the Mara family.[3]


  1. ^ "Holidaying Aussie sacrificed his life for daughter". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Carleen (24 August 2012). "Former rugby league hardman Gary Mara has died after being struck by a 'drunk driver'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "US model Cara Cameron jailed for ex-league player Gary Mara's death". 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "US model denies murdering former Tigers star Gary Mara". 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.