Sport Scholar Ambassador Program

Sport Scholar Ambassador Program

Macquarie University Sport has contracted twelve (12) 2017 Macquarie University Sport Scholars to become University Ambassadors in 2017.

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 recruitment events such as Information Evenings and Open Day

Nathalie Moen Balhald - Macquarie University Career and Employment Service

Nathalie Moen Balhald

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Nathalie Inez Moen Balhald is a Masters of Chiropractic student who is also Australia’s powerlifting champion.

In 2016 Nathalie competed at local powerlifting competitions in the first few months of the year, and qualified for an International Open Meet in Australia. Balhald competed at the Australian Powerlifting Championships. Competing in the 57kg weight division, she lifted 172.5kg. With this lift she achieved the junior deadlift record and an unofficial world record.

At the 2016 IPF Asia/Oceania Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships held in Christchurch in December 2016 Nathalie (-57kg) broke the open Oceania and national squat record with 145kg/319lb. She also broke two world records in deadlift finishing with 175kg/385lb. Her total of 390kg/859lb was also a junior world record total!

Career & Employment Service

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The Career and Employment Service provides a supportive environment for students to prepare for their future career and for employers to access Macquarie graduates.

Nathalie will assist in promoting the following events:

  • O Week (Thursday 27th and Friday 28th July) - Promote sessions for students on Personal Branding and Aussie Rules (guidelines for work in Australia)
  • Careers Week (10 August) - Law Fair
  • Careers Week (11 August) - International Student Job Search
  • Careers Week (14 August) - Resume writing
  • Careers Week (15 August) - Winter Careers Expo
  • Careers Week (16 August) - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Day 
  • September - Career Success Program

Dominique du Toit - Macquarie University Sydney Rays Rugby 7's

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Dominique is studying a Bachelor of Arts Media.

Dominique du Toit was born in Maronderra, Zimbabwe and joined the Rugby Sevens program at the start of 2015 after a series of stunning performances at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing.

The lightning quick winger scored eight tries throughout the campaign – including a remarkable hat-trick in the Cup Final – to help Australia to a Gold Medal. Dom’s hero, past or present, is team-mate Emilee Cherry.

Dominique du Toit made her World Series debut at the Atlanta Sevens in April 2016

Dom was a travelling reserve for the Australian team that competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics and is a current member of the national team.

Dominique received significant game time minutes in the recent (May 2017) Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan.

Dominique’s representative honours include:

  • Youth Olympics (2014),
  • Pacific Games (2015) and
  • National Women’s 7’s player (2017)

Macquarie University Sydney Ray 7’s     

Sydney Rays Women's 7's Facebook page

Macquarie University Sydney Rays Women's 7 - Search for a Star Dominique Du Toit has a message for you - "If you love sport and are looking for a new challenge give Rugby 7's a go!!"

Dominique will be the face of the Macquarie University Sydney Rays Women's 7's team as they represent the University in the inaugural Season.


2017 Women's Sevens University Tournament Draw Announcement

Australian University Sport Article on Women's Sevens Series

Australian Olympic Committee Article

Kiana Elliott - Macquarie University Campus Life Events       

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Kiana is studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science. 

She is an Australian female weightlifter, competing in the 69 kg category and representing Australia at International competitions.

She is currently the top-ranked junior (under 20) weightlifter in Australia, having emerged into the senior rankings during 2015. 

Kiana competed at World Championships, including the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships. She holds multiple New South Wales and Australian records as well as the Oceania Junior Snatch record. 

Kiana became Australia’s first medalist in more than two decades, earning bronze at the 2016 Junior World Championships.

In addition to Kiana’s exceptional sporting achievements she also maintained a GPA of 3.857.

Kiana was awarded a Full Blue and the prestigious Ted O’Keefe Award in 2016 for her combined outstanding academic and sporting achievements.

Macquarie University Campus Life Sport Events

Within the Sport Scholar Ambassador role Kiana is targeting involvement in the following MQ University Campus Life Events:

  • Orientation Week (Session 1, 2017)
  • Sport Scholarship Launch Host (March 2017)
  • Master of Ceremonies - Macquarie Essentials (24 July)
  • Orientation Week (Week of 25 July)
  • Courtyard Challenge (9 August)
  • Open Day Presentation (19 August)
  • Sydney Rays Tournament (9/10 September)
  • Blues Awards Student Athlete toast (25 October)

Damien Fitzpatrick - Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health (Mental Health)

Damien Fitzpatrick completed a Bachelor of Business at Macquarie University and is currently completing his MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).

Damien is also a professional Rugby Union player. In 2009 Fitzpatrick was named Captain of the Australia Under 20s Junior World Cup team. He made his senior debut for the Waratahs during the 2009 Super 14 Season. After 5 years with the Waratahs and a run of season ending injuries, that kept him sidelined for most of 2012/13, he was contracted by French ProD2 club Lyon.

Fitzpatrick helped Lyon win 2 Pro D2 Rugby competitions and be promoted to the country’s Top 14 Rugby competition in 2013.

His form offshore was picked up by new Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in 2016 and Fitzpatrick made a return to Super Rugby in 2017 after being contracted by the NSW Waratahs for the 2017/18 season.

Upon his return to Australia Fitzpatrick now represents Eastwood in the Shute Shield and the Macquarie University Sydney Rays in the National Rugby Championship (NRC).

Damien was awarded a Full Blue whilst completing his B. Bus studies.

Centre for Emotional Health 

Macquarie Uni Centre for Emotional Health Twitter

The Centre for Emotional Health is extremely fortunate to have ambassadors who lend their support to raising awareness about the importance of emotional health, the need for continued research and the difference research can make to lives of individuals, families and communities.

A former Australian schoolboys and under-20s captain, Fitzpatrick appeared destined for stardom as he made his Super Rugby debut at the tender age of 19.

But two major knee operations limited him to just 21 Waratahs caps between 2009-13 and Fitzpatrick then signed with French club Lyon in a bid to “clear my head.”

He made a promising start in France before disaster struck with a third ACL tear and Fitzpatrick was ready to pack the boots away.

“The third time it happened, my parents were the first ones to say, ‘look, you tried everything, it’s time to give it up.’

“Because I suppose your parents and your family are the ones that see you go through all the dark times,” Fitzpatrick told

“And they were like ‘look, it’s just not worth your mental state going through all that again.’

Damien will assist in the following events:

  • (27 July) Macquarie University Postgraduate welcome
  • (27 August 8am to 10am) Rotary North Ryde Fun Fun at Macquarie University. Damien   to assist in team opening the event, participate in 2km Run event & promote event on social media.
  • (18 October 5:30pm to 7:30pm) CEH and Future Students Health and Wellbeing Lecture on study stress. Damien to deliver short (5 minutes) talk on his experience juggling study and elite sport commitments & promote discussion on social media.
  • (Early April 2018) Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Youth Mental Health Forum at Macquarie University. Short talk/panel discussion regarding mental health and promote discussion on social media
  • Research project on physical activity and emotional health. Damien to support recruiting for research project
  • Promote RAW project (date to be confirmed). To be organised in conjunction with MacWarriors/Aquatic and Sport Centre. Damien to sign Waratah merchandise, participate in an on campus meet and greet with children involved in this research project.

John Georgas - Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre and Health Club

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John is a Bachelor of Commerce, with the Bachelor of laws, student and has been awarded a Full Blue recognising his achievements as an elite karate exponent. 

John is aiming to graduate with a minimum distinction average in all of his units while balancing karate training and competition commitments. John trains five days a week in a mix of karate techniques, speed, and strength training, with a great emphasis on recovery.

In 2015 he won Gold and Silver at both the Australian Open and Championships for U21 Kata and Kumite respectively, as well as an overall ranking of 9th at the Junior World Championships for U21 Kata.

John competed in numerous elite Karate events in 2016, including the National Open and Championship, as well as being selected in the National team which competed in the 2016 Oceania Championships where he finished in 3rd place.

Macquarie University Sport & Recreation 

Encouraging students, staff and community members to “Keep healthy, energetic and achieve your fitness goals, with access to: swimming pools, health club, group fitness classes, squash courts and much more!”

There are over 10 personal trainers at Macquarie University Sport – they’re all qualified, professional, and driven to help you reach your goals.

John will promote the following Health Club Events:

Regular #JOHNSTRONG events:

Monthly Health Club member Challenge 

Participation and video content (to be filmed on the final Friday of each month for the following month)

Previous Monthly member Challenges (think Rocky training montage) filming.
* Broad Jump
* Max Squat 50% BW
* 1km Run AFAP
* 25cals Airdyne AFAP
* Bodyweight Hang ALAP

John to wear MQ Sport Branded merchandise & Use of of industry-specific hashtags to promote programs.

Friday 28th July 3:00pm                                                                                                                                       Staff Karate event

August (TBC)                                                                                                                                                   Student and Campus Life staff Karate event

August (TBC)                                                                                                                                                Seminar                                                                                                                                                                        Disciple, The mental requirement of training, Training with purpose, Find your training ‘why’.

Sabrina Howell - Macquarie University Sport Scholarships

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Sabrina is currently a member of the Australian Biathlon team, as well as studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University.

Biathlon is a winter Olympic sport, which combines cross-country skiing and .22 rifle shooting.

Her main aim over the next two European seasons is to achieve Olympic qualification for the 2018 Winter Olympic games, as well as coming top half of the field in the Youth Junior World Championships, with a long term goal to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic games, as well as compete on the World Cup Circuit.

Sabrina competed in the World Winter Universiade – Almaty, Kazakhstan at the end of January 2017 and is currently training for the 2017 & 2018 Youth Junior World Championships to achieve qualification for the Olympic Games in Korea.

Sport Scholarship Program

Macquarie University supports elite athletes either entering or continuing a course at Macquarie University. The program is focused on assisting athletes in their desire to combine high performance sport involvement with a tertiary education.

Media article on Sabrina's Winter Olympic ambitions

Sabrina will promote the following Sport Scholarship Events:

Macquarie Essentials 24 July
Student Panel

Open Day - 19 August
Present Sport Scholarship program @ Macquarie University Open Day 19 August

Sport Scholar application 2018 - On line Launch date 1 September 2017
Film a profile/video to promote Sport Scholarships
To be posted on MQ Sport - Sport Scholarships Website

Tayla King - Walanga Muru

Tayla is an Indigenous elite athlete who completed her Bachelor of Early Childhood (Birth-12 years) at Macquarie University in 2015 and in 2017 is enrolled in her Masters of Indigenous studies at Walanga Muru.

Tayla is an elite archer who has previously won gold in clout and achieving state, and Australian records in both the Single and Double Clout Divisions. In 2016 Tayla represented Australia at the World University Games  and the World Field Championships in Dublin. She was a Half Blue recipient in 2016.

Her 2017 sporting achievements are as follow:

- Australian Open teams silver medal

- Finishing third at Australian match-play series - Canberra leg

- Finishing second at Australian match-play series - Sydney leg

- Qualifying for the Australian match-play series final in Sydney

Tayla recently competed at the National Archery Match-play series leg in Sydney - ranked fourth after the ranking round, she secured second place during the Match-play, accumulating enough points to finish in top four of my division qualifying for the finals in Sydney in June. 

Walanga Muru 

Through Walanga Muru – Office of Indigenous Strategy, our University is dedicated to building cultural capability, improving Indigenous access and participation and increasing the number of Indigenous student completions.


Photos of Tayla King - Macquarie University Sport Facebook

Belinda Maxworthy - Macquarie University Future Students Team

Belinda Maxworthy is a Bachelor of Science student and has been training with the Olympic Recurve Bow, for the last 5 years.

In 2016, she had aims to qualify for the Olympic Shadow Squad, and the Archery Australia High Performance Program. At the Australian Open her team (of 3) finished first 1st, beating a group of Olympic hopefuls, Second at Junior Nationals for the under 20's age division, 1st in teams for match-play and represented Australia at the Trans-Tasman Championship, winning Gold in mixed teams and second in her age division.

Belinda won the Gold medal at the Australian National Recurve Championships in 2016.

Throughout past years, she had made significant progress in her archery career. She won silver at the 2014 Trans-Tasman International and Gold in the 2015 Junior Nationals, representing both Australia and NSW respectively. In 2015 she qualified for the National Match-play Series Final, where the top 4 ranked Women in Australia were invited to attend.

Belinda became the No 1 female archer in Australia in January and backed up by winning the Australian National Recurve Championships in March 2017.

Belinda Maxworthy article

Macquarie University Future Students

The Future Students team seeks to develop the profile of Macquarie University as a university of choice for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Future Students team works with Executive, Faculty and the Load Planning Strategy Group to meet the recruitment targets of the university.


  • Western Sydney Careers Expo (22 and 23 June)
  • Macquarie University Campus Tour - Hills Grammar (12 July)
  • North Shore 5 Expo (15 August)
  • Macquarie University Open Day (19 August)
  • Macquarie University Campus Tour - Public (6 October)

Jackson Mills - Australian University Games

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Jackson is studying a Bachelor of Security Studies degree.

Jackson is a member of the Australian Youth Trans-Tasman touch team. His sporting achievements over the past few years include being a member of the Australian Open Mixed Squad (2016), Australian Under 18's Team selection (2015), Australian Under 19's Squad Selection (2016), New South Wales Open Mixed Squad Selection (2016), New South Wales Under 20's Team Selection (2016) New South Wales Sydney Scorpions Elite 8 Team Selection (2015-2016) and Australian Institute of Sport Sprint Canoe/Kayak Under 20's Squad Selection.

In 2016 Jackson was a Half Blue recipient and also coached and played in the MQ University Touch team at the Australian University Games in Perth.

Jackson was an integral member of the winning Australian Mixed Open team which competed in the 2017 Trans Tasman Championships against New Zealand and Japan.

Touch Football Australia's website

Macquarie University Sport & Recreation 

Jackson’s role within Macquarie University Sport and Recreation is to increase the profile of University Games and promote University Games across campus, encouraging other sport scholars to attend the event and increase our medal chances.

Jackson will have involvement in the following events:

  • O Week 25 July
  • Take lead on AUS (high performance) change communications
  • Film a profile/video to promote AUG trials
  • Present on it at EUG departure function
  • University captain/ Chef de mission for 2017 AUG team

Steiner (Anh) Nguyen - Macquarie University International Students

Anh is an international student at Macquarie University who won Gold at the 2015 and 2016 Vietnam Figure Skating Championships.

Anh is studying Bachelor of Medical Science.

He competes in a number of international competitions such as Hollins Trophy, Skate Asia, Andorra Open to make him experience international competitive conditions.

To date in 2017 he has competed in Ice Skating Australia benchmark event (Hollins Trophy). He has a long competition schedule all over Australia this year to prepare for our International Debut at Asian Challenge Series in 2017 and South East Asian Games 2017, included the series for 2017 Australian National Qualiļ¬cation.

Medium to long term Anh's aims are Winter Universiade and 2022 Winter Olympics.

Anh prioritises training and dedicates at least 4 hours - 6 hours to skating in his daily routine.

Macquarie University International Students


Macquarie University article on Anh Nguyen

Tom Schramko  - Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET)

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Tom is currently in his second year of Bachelor of Arts studies.

He is a member of the under 23 Men’s Quadruple Sculls rowing team. In the recent World Rowing Championships, the Australian team claimed Gold medal victory. It was a photo finish for the crew who took gold by just 0.41 of a second. They had to fend off multiple challengers with New Zealand taking silver and Italy earning bronze. The win was Australia’s first male gold medal at an under 23 World Championships since 2004.

Tom rows for Mosman Rowing Club and has represented Australia at the 2013 & 2014 World Junior Championships and the Youth Olympic Games held in China in 2014, in the Men’s Single Scull event. In 2015 Tom was selected to the U23 Australian Rowing Team to compete in the U23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv Bulgaria, competing in the Men’s Double Scull event.

Tom won the Macquarie University Sport Rookie of the Year award in 2016 which recognises a high-level sport performance by a student in their first year of study at Macquarie University.

in 2017 Tom is a member of the AIS High Performance Rowing team.He is currently overcoming a bout of glandular fever.

The Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET) 

CEPET is a cluster of research strengths at Macquarie University concerned with the cognitive, emotional, motor, and social processes by which individuals acquire, maintain, and adjust to elite levels of expertise and skill.

Our mission is to facilitate and promote research leading to the understanding of elite performance and expertise, with applied implications for training and practice.

Core members of the University Centre include a combination of researchers from Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Anthropology, Music, and Computer Science. Click the link for more information regarding CEPET members.

The Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre – which supports Australia’s top athletes and coaches – is a primary research and community partner.


Tom Trbojevic - Macquarie University Office of Corporate Engagement

Tom is currently studying a combined Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Economics.

He is a National Rugby League footballer who plays fullback and wing positions for the Manly Sea Eagles. In 2015 he received the NRL Rookie of the year for Manly and has recently received the Best and Fairest award in 2016. Tom was also selected to attend the NSW State of Origin Camp earlier this year.

Tom won Macquarie University Male Athlete of the Year in 2016 along with receiving a Half Blue.

Following a brilliant start to the 2017 season and ‘chalking in his name in’ for State of Origin selection Tom was not available for New South Wales' opening two State of Origin matches following a syndesmosis injury to his left ankle in Round 10 (May 13) match against Brisbane.

Fortunately the injury was not as bad as initially feared and he is now back playing.

Macquarie University Office of Corporate Engagement 

The Office of Corporate Engagement establishes and nurtures relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners to achieve positive outcomes for all parties:

  • We put University colleagues in contact with corporate partners and help you form collaborative working relationships.
  • We connect our best and brightest students with employment and work experience opportunities with partner organisations.
  • We encourage students to share their knowledge at thought leadership events and partnering with corporates
  • We facilitate collaboration between researchers and corporate partners to help solve industry challenges.

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