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For exemplary dedication and support to Macquarie University Sport these people have been inducted into the Macquarie University Sporting Hall of Fame.

Denise Osmand

Inducted 4/2/16

Denise was employed at Macquarie University for over 30 years and became actively involved as a volunteer in sport on campus through her voluntary role as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Macquarie University Sports Association beginning in the mid-1990’s. 

Denise brought a level of professionalism to the Sports Association that had never existed and was heavily involved in its restructure from 2002-2010. Denise has worked tirelessly to ensure that the University maintained support of sport and was instrumental in securing the grant for the construction of the current Sport and Aquatic Centre in 1999; played a significant role on the Swimming Pool Planning Committee, the development of the MUSA Strategic Plan and the process to incorporate the Association as Treasurer in 2002.


Denise has been Chair of the Finance Committee, along with being an active member of the Child Care Facilities Committee, the Blues Committee and the Sport Advisory Committee. She has an excellent knowledge of sports administration and has always demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and care towards both the university administration and to the students. 

Denise has left a significant legacy at the university. The way she conducts herself, her leadership and commitment to the student body is unprecedented.

John Shepherd

Inducted 23/10/09

John Shepherd is an outstanding member of Macquarie University Sport who came to the University as a student some thirty years ago. He is known throughout the campus for his passion for university sport and his love of sports statistics, which is legendary.

John, who was a Associate Professor at Macquarie University until early 2010, is driven by his commitment to learning and teaching of students and by his love for Macquarie University.

John Shepherd

Ian Pollard presenting John with his
crest ring at the 2010 Blues Awards

For more than a decade, John has been actively involved in University sport, both as a participant and a volunteer. He was instrumental in revitalising the Macquarie University Sports Association when, as President from 1996-2007, he and his Executive Board drove a new vision for sport on campus. He has been Secretary of the Executive Committee and President and was instrumental in the revitalisation of Sport on campus and the construction of Macquarie University Sport & Aquatic Centre. He is currently a member of the Board for U@MQ.

John demonstrated both his commitment and passion to both sport and students as a member of the U@MQ Board, which was formed as a result of the merging of the University Union and the Sports Association. All these achievements have been motivated by nothing more than his commitment to maintaining the spirit of university sport.

"As well as the benefits that sport always brings - developing skills in teamwork and interpersonal relations, enhanced fitness and health, friendships and camaraderie, learning to deal with obstacles and setbacks - I think there's a greater sense of being part of Macquarie University, a sense that will last a lifetime."

Ian Pollard

Inducted 27/10/11

Ian began his studies at Macquarie University in the early 1970's and established an unparalleled record for academic and sporting achievement. In two years, he attained seventy-nine credit points, all with "A" grades.

Ian was a member of the 1971 Australian Davis Cup Team and was the New South Wales Open Hardcourt Singles Champion in 1975.

Ian Pollard in action

Ian Pollard in action (1973) 

In 1972, he was named Shell Scholar in economics for NSW and was awarded a Macquarie University Blue for Tennis in 1973. Hebecame Macquarie University's first Rhodes Scholar and then attended Oxford University.

He became the youngest ever Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of London, in which he was admitted in 1974 at the age of 20.

Ian Pollard with crest ring at the 2011 Blues Awards

Ian was presented with a Retrospective Blues Blazer at the recent, 2012 Blues Awards for achieving a Full Blue in 1973. He is currently a business coach with Global Coaching Partnership

"In my view, a Blue from Macquarie University means considerably more than a Blue from Oxford or Cambridge.  There it means no more than that one was a member of a team which played against the other university.  At Macquarie, a Blue is recognition of participation at the highest level and contribution to the club over a long period".

To nominate a Sporting Hall of Fame Inductee please download and fill out the hall of fame inductee nomination form (PDF 117.94 KB). For more information you can contact Bill McMahon on (02) 9850 4198 or

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