Sport Scholar Ambassador Program

Sport Scholar Ambassador Program

Macquarie University Sport has contracted thirteen (13) Macquarie University Sport Scholars as University Ambassadors in 2019.

The Sport Scholar Ambassadors are outstanding elite student athletes who have excellent communications skills, are highly engaged in university life and are willing to promote their university experience and enthusiasm for the University to current and prospective students and partners.

Macquarie University Sport will promote the Ambassador program and the ambassador roles through Macquarie University Sport websites, social media assets and external media.

Sport Scholar Ambassador will be performing their roles via one or more of the following areas:

  • Be an ambassador for Macquarie University in prospective student areas
  • Perform in a promotional video marketing the University or student areas
  • Talk to prospective students about their experiences at Macquarie University including their course and extra-curricular activities
  • Talk to prospective students about their experience of making the transition to university
  • Provide information to prospective students on courses, study options and pathways
  • Deliver professional presentations to a range of stakeholders (internal and external)
  • Represent Macquarie University at events and programs
  • Conduct tours of the Macquarie University campus
  • Guide and support prospective students in activities on campus
  • Assist in online initiatives such as online chats and social media interactions
  • Representation at Macquarie University and Macquarie University Sport events, Information Evenings and Open Day

Maddy Proud - Equity and Diversity

Sport: Netball

Bachelor of Arts

Maddy Proud is a current member of the NSW Swifts Netball team who compete in the Suncorp Super Netball Competition. She won the Swifts MVP and Members Player of the Year in 2017. Maddy recently represented Australian in the Fast5 World Series in Meblourne. In 2019, she hopes to have a successful season with the Swifts and become a member of the Australian Netball squad.

Macquarie University Equity and Diversity

Respect. Now. Always

Mattias Braach-Maksvytis - Macquarie University Alumni

Sport: Rock Climbing

Doctor of Physiotherapy

Mattias is a competitive rock climber who spends half the year training and studying and the other half climbing abroad in Africa, Europe or America.

His 2018 achievements were:

  • 6th in the Australian Open Speed Nationals
  • 7th overall in the Australian Open Lead Climbing rankings
  • 11th in the Australian Open Bouldering Nationals

Mattia's goals for the next two years are:

  • Open A Continental lead team in 2019, 2020
  • Open A Continental speed team in 2019, 2020
  • Open A Continental bouldering team in 2019, 2020
  • Olympic team for all three disciplines in 2020

Macquarie University Alumni

Thomas Green - Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training

Sport: Cycling

Bachelor of Environment, Bachelor of Laws

Thomas competes for Team Sud-Ouest, a leading French team and had a successful 2018, culminating in his team winning two rounds and the overall title of the presigous Fench Cup series. Closer to home, Tom also competes for GPM-Stulz. Prior to leaving for France he finished 3rd in the U23 classification at the Tour of New Zealand in 2018 and upon his return home, helped his team to two stage wins and third overall at the Tour of Tasmania.

Tom will commence 2019 focusing on the National Championships and Tour of New Zealand, before turning his attention to mountainous tours later in the season.

Thomas is a Macquarie University Half Blue

Macquarie University Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training

Jessica Henderson - Macquarie University Children's Services and Programs

Sport: Triathlon

Bachelor of Science and Commerce

Jess has had a successful 2018 racing in State and National Championships in the first half of 2018 around Australia with multiple wins and top 10 finishes. In July she raced in Denmark in Duathlon, Cross Triathlon and Aquathlon at the ITU World Multi-sport championships coming home with 3 top 6 places and always being in the top 3 Australians to finish overall.

The start of the 2018/19 Australia season has seen her dominate the Australia Cross Triathlon Series with multiple Age group wins and overall podium finishes. 2019 sees her competing in Spain at the ITU World Multi-Sport championships and in Hawaii at the Xtrerra World Championships hoping for Age Group podium finishes and top 10 places overall.

Macquarie University Childrens Services and Programs

Olivia Price - U@MQ Events

Sport: Sailing

Bachelor of Media

Olivia started sailing on the ISAF World Cup Women's Match Racing Tour at the age of 16 and has remained the youngest woman competing in the tour since she began in 2008. By 2010 she had sailed to the ISAF Women's World Ranking's #1 rank as bowman. In what was an extremely successful year, Price claimed the 2010 World Cup and took out bronze in the 3rd event with her crew. The trio went on to compete at the Olympic Test event in Weymouth, UK where they finished 5th. At the age of 19 and on her Olympic debut, Olivia pulled of a remarkable feat to skipper her cew to a silver medal in the Elliot 6m Match Racing event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In 2018, she won the CYCA Women's International Match Racing regatta defeating New Zealand in a white wash Finals series, 3-0 on a blustery cool day on Sydney Harbour. Olivia then competed in the Australian Match Racing Championship, in three days of racing where she matched up against her brother, World No.8 Harry Price and some New Zealand competitors who are some of the best match racers in the world.

Ella Beere - Macquarie University Health Club

Sport: Sprint Canoeing

Bachelor of Psychology (Honors)

Ella started paddling Surf Skis in 2014 and tried flat water kayaking, purely to improve her ski paddling. She soon realised that she loved the feeling of gliding on the still water (after mastering the skill of staying in the incredibly tippy boat). In 2017 as an 18 year old she came 2nd in the Opens K1 200m at Grand Prix two in a personal best time of 40.75. She also made the Australian 2017 U23 team and captained the Australian 2018 U21 Asia Pacific team. She is ranked 7th in the open women for the K1 200m for the 2017-18 season.

Ella has spend the 2018 off season pushing hard on the water and in the gym. She hopes to transfer this new strength into winning times in 2019 and to become the fastest K1 200m paddler in the lead up to Tokyo.

Ella is a Macquarie University Half Blue

Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre - Health Club

Kiera Austin - University Sport

Sport: Netball

Bachelor of Medical Sciences

Kiera is a current Netballer with the Giants Netball Club competing in the Suncorp Super Netball League. She has had a successful debut season with the club which has subsequently seen her selection as a training partner with the Australian Samsung diamonds as well a player in the Fast5 Australian Netball team that played in the Fast5 World Series in October 2018.

Previously, Kiera was part of the Australian World Youth Cup team which placed second in the U/21 World Youth Cup competition held in Botswana July of 2017. In 2019 she aims to continue her development with Giants Netball.

Macquarie University Sport

Kate Dodds - Macquarie University International Students

Sport: Triathlon

PhD Marine Ecology

Kate Dodds is a PhD student from South Africa and moved to Sydney in 2018. She is a National level cross Triathlete and an avid mountain biker and trail runner. She is excited about exploring more of Sydney's trails in 2019 and getting to know the local triathlon and Xterra circuits. Her personal best is 2nd at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Champs in 2016 (30-34 age group) and she hopes to break into the Aussie racing scene this year

Macquarie University International Students

Macquarie University International College

Tess O'Connor - Macquarie University Future Students

Sport: Equestrian

Bachelor of Commerce and Laws

Tess has been competing at the highest level possible in her sport, Equestrian Show Horse for many years. She has consistently performed at an open national level against professionals, winning numerous National titles including being the youngest person to ever win the title of Australian National Champion Open Lady Rider at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2016 and gaining the title of Grand National Champion Rider in 2017. Throughout 2018 despite recovering from a ruptured ACL and a knee reconstruction, she has continued to maintain her ranking as one of the top lady riders in Australia.

Tess is looking forward to an exciting 2019. She has already qualified for the 2019 Australasian Grand National Championshpis, Equestrian NSW Southern Cross Spectacular, as well as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Canberra Royal Show, Brisbane Royal Show and Melbourne Royal Show.

Tess is a Macquarie University Half Blue

Macquarie University Future Students

Michael Wells - Centre for Emotional Health

Sport: Rugby Union

Bachelor of Commerce with Bachelor in Laws

In 2018, Michael was a member of the NSW Waratahs Super Rugby team, who were semi finalists. He managed to start every game of the 2018 season and was awarded the Waratahs best forward award at the Matt Burke Cup Awards. In September, Michael signed a unique split contract ,joining the Australian Men's Sevens team for half of the year until March 2019, when he will return to the NSW Waratahs for the duration of the 2019 Super Rugby season. In 2019, he aims to continue his Bachelor of Commerce and Law degree, with only 6 units remaining before graduation.

Michael is a Macquarie University Full Blue

Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health

Clare Costanzo - Macquarie University Alumni

Sport: Sailing

Bachelor of Planning

Clare is an elite sailor competing at state, national and international level sailing regattas. 2018 has seen Clare compete at the Hardy Cup Youth Match Racing Regatta where she finished in 1st place and became the first ever skipper and all female team to win in the history of the event. The next few months saw Clare training and competing at the Farr40 state and national championships. Clare placed 4th at the state championship and 2nd at the national championship. She then went on to compete at the Match Cup Sweden - Women's Trophy, where she placed 4th. Following this event Clare competed at the Governors Cup, Chicago Grand Slam and Detroit Cup in the USA where she placed 7th and 9th. Clare is planning to compete on the Women's International Match Racing circuit in Europe and the Nations Cup in the USA in 2019.

Macquarie University Alumni

Jessica Bunting - Macquarie University International Students

Sport: Rugby League/Oztag

Bachelor of Laws/Arts (Criminology)

In 2018 Jessica Bunting was selected to play in the Indigenous Australian Women’s Opens Oztag Team to take on the World Cup that was played in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. This World Cup selection was based upon her strong performance in the Oztag State Cup where she represented Penrith in the Open Women’s Division 1 side. Every year, these Oztag tournaments get stronger and the standards get higher. As the sport grows, each tournament brings more competition and talent Australia wide.

Jessica had attended the World Cup tournament immediately after a week of playing in the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games for the NSW Police Force Division 1 Netball Team. Her skill, experience and athleticism pushed her through these tough weeks of intense sport. This was also the second World Cup that Jessica has participated in, with the first being on the Sunshine Coast in 2015 where she had the opportunity to captain the U21 Women’s side. These international tournaments are a chance for Jessica to represent the Indigenous Culture that she holds, regardless of being selected in other representative teams.

Although Jessica has had a break from Rugby League due to a shoulder and ITB injury in 2018, she was able to continue playing League Tag for Country Rugby League with the Shellharbour Sharks. This modified form of rugby league was an opportunity to continue the league styled game whilst managing an injury not suitable for tackle.

With multiple tournaments coming up in the new year, Jessica will have a busy training schedule to ensure standards are met. She will be training and hoping for selection to play in the Chengdu 2019 World Police & Emergency Services Games for either Netball or Football. 2019 will bring the annual Oztag State Cup and National Level Tournament in Coffs Harbour as well as the International Tag Federations Oceania Cup that will held in December in Auckland, New Zealand.

Macquarie University International Students

Tanisha Wallace - Walanga Muru

Sport: Soccer

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Tanisha has been selected into the NSW Country select team to compete at the National Championships. She has also played at the National Indigenous championships every year since 2016, where she was selected to represent the first National Indigenous Womens team for Australia. In 2016, Tanisha also attended the Cahills ambitions tour where she was coached by professionals such as Robbie Anderson.

Tanisha is currently playing for North Shore Mariners WNPL side in North Sydney.

Walanga Muru

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