Sport Scholars and Leaders Ambassador Program

Sport Scholars and Leaders Ambassador Program

Macquarie University Sport has contracted twelve (12) Macquarie University Sport Scholars and leaders as University Ambassadors in 2020.

The Sport Scholar and leaders 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

Jayden Prakash - Respect Now Always


Sport: Basketball

Doctor of Physiotherapy

Jayden is a member of the Macquarie University 3X3 basketball team.

Recently, Jayden has advanced his basketball platform. In 3x3 basketball, Jayden is currently ranked 7th for Open Men and 1st for U23 Men in Australia. He has travelled and competed all around Australia in the NBL Pro Hustle, and has represented Australia internationally in European tournaments and the 2018 and 2019 FISU 3x3 World University Championship.

Furthermore, Jayden plays 5x5 basketball all year round playing in the Australian Basketball Association (ABA) for the Hills Hornets and at the UniSport National Championships for Macquarie University over the past 4 years. Aside from the experience on the court, Jayden also has plenty of experience as a leader. This includes captaining representative, and state level teams, and being the captain of sport for Macquarie University at the 2019 national tournament.

Aside from the experience on the court, Jayden also has plenty of experience as a leader. This includes captaining representative, and state level teams, and being the captain of sport for Macquarie University at the 2019 national tournament. Whilst currently balancing sport with his Master’s Degree. Jayden has goals of continually improving and representing teams at the highest possible levels.

“Being a Sport Scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassador is not only be valuable for my own personal development, but it also directly aids those around the university who seek support. I can speak from personal experience when I say that some situations need to be explained by others who have experienced them. For 2020, I look forward to being one of those people who will lend a hand.”

Macquarie University Equity and Diversity

Respect. Now. Always

Mattias Braach-Maksvytis - Pride in Sport

Sport: Rock Climbing

Doctor of Physiotherapy

In 2019 Mattias was Ambassador for Macquarie University Alumni and was awarded a Blue.

Mattias is a competitive rock climber who spends half the year training and studying and the other half climbing overseas in Africa, Europe or America. He is constantly searching for new climbing areas in Australia and abroad and is passionate about the development of the sport and the Australian and global climbing community

Mattias's 2019 achievements were:

  • 9th in the Australian Open Speed Nationals,
  • 9th in the Australian Open Lead Nationals and
  • 10th in the Australian Open Bouldering Nationals.

Mattias's goals for the next two years are to improve on his current rankings to win each individual climbing discipline, the overall national title as well as:

  • Successfully climb Grade 34 and V14 in 2020 - an achievement only ever accomplished by a handful of Australian climbers
  • Open A Continental lead team in 2021, 2022 -
  • Open A Continental speed team in 2021, 2022 -
  • Open A Continental bouldering team in 2021, 2022

“Being a Sport Scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassador in 2019 was one of the most fulfilling roles that I have ever undertaken. The program led me to recognise a strong desire to lead and give back to the community, both of which are bolstered by the networking opportunities that come with an Ambassadorial role.”

Pride in Sport

Thomas Green - Career and Employment service

Sport: Cycling

Bachelor of Environment, Bachelor of Laws

In 2019 Thomas was Ambassador for Macquarie University Centre of Elite Performance, Expertise and Training and was awarded a Blue.

Thomas is an international cyclist currently competing for Australian team, GPM-Stulz.

Prior to this, Thomas spent two seasons in Europe riding with leading French teams. As a climber and domestique, Thomas has helped his teams to many outstanding results. These include winning the French Cup in 2018 along with multiple other European victories. Towards the end of 2018 and throughout 2019, whilst riding as captain for GPM-Stulz in the National Road Series, Australia's top-level of cycling competition, Thomas steered his team to numerous stage wins and overall podiums, most notably at the Tour of Tasmania, and internationally at the New Zealand Cycle Classic.

In 2020 Thomas aims to continue to help his GPM-Stulz team achieve more great results domestically and abroad, with the personal goal of winning the general classification in a National Road Series tour.

“Sport Scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassadors ensure the university and elite athlete program are well promoted. Importantly, this increases awareness of the program and its strength by attracting talented future students and partners. Secondly, Sport Ambassadors are also crucial in shaping a community and culture that enables sport scholars to maximise their potential.”

Macquarie University Career and Employment Service

Kodie Vandenberg - University Sport

Sport: Netball

Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

Kodie won the Macquarie University Kim Guerin Leadership Award in 2019.

Honouring the late Kim Guerin, this award recognises a student leader who demonstrated outstanding leadership while representing Macquarie, leading with integrity, resilience and compassion while always striving to create a supportive and positive team culture.

Kodie has led the mixed and women’s Netball teams for the past two years and, through her resilience, passion and dedication, led the mixed team to their first national title, while setting the benchmark for leadership amongst her peers.

“Being an Ambassador is a great way to share with people the positives of the Macquarie University sport programs, and all that they provide. As I have experienced this first hand, the idea of promoting to others the opportunities they can participate in, is an exciting one. I feel it is an important role as an ambassador to educate new and interested people on the inviting culture Macquarie has created within the sport department.”

University Sport

Carla Tremolada - Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training

Sport: Trampoline

Master of Chiropractic

Carla was awarded a Macquarie University Half Blue in 2019.

Carla is a 21-year-old Australian Trampolinist and has been doing gymnastics for 19 years starting in Kinder-gym at 2 years old. Her greatest achievement to date is being selected for the Australian team in 2019 for the World Age group Championships in Japan.

For the past 6 years, Carla has upheld a top 5 ranking in both Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline apparatuses. This year Carla is ranked No. 1 in Australia in 17-22yrs Double Mini Trampoline with the highest score of 65.9 in her Worlds qualifying passes. Heading into 2020 Carla will be going into Senior 22+ years age group. This is the age group with the highest difficulty requirements and open for Olympic qualification.

Carla's biggest goal for 2020 is to make another Australian Team and improve individual difficulty in skill dramatically.

“The importance of this role to me is to demonstrate to others that the university actively supports the parallel journey of the pursuit of academic excellence alongside a successful elite sporting career. I am very humbled to have had this journey with the amazing support first hand and am passionate about sharing my experience and the possibilities for prospective students.”

Macquarie University Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training

Ella Beere - Macquarie University Alumni

Sport: Sprint Canoeing

Bachelor of Psychology (Honors)

In 2019, Ella was Ambassador for the Sport and Aquatic Centre and received a Half Blue.

Ella is a dedicated elite Sprint Kayaker who trains on Narrabeen lake on the Northern Beaches with the NSWIS tema. She competes in both team events and individual races with her best event being the K1 200m. Ella is currently ranked fourth (4th) at the K1 200m open level and sixth (6th) in the open K1 500m. She has a dream of representing Australia at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, and regardless of the outcome intends to continue training towards Paris 2024 and the annual world championships. In 2016, Ella broke the Australian junior records in the K1 500m and K1 200m and currently retains these records. She is determined to rise above the various injuries and illnesses she has had in previous seasons and continue to set new personal best's each year.

''The Sport Scholars' and Leaders' Ambassador role is significant for both the University and the ambassador by enabling the University and the Sport Scholar to successfully support one another. The University receives recognition for its sport friendly attitude whilst the ambassador develops their networking and leadership skills which can carry through to their future career.''

Macquarie University Alumni

Oscar Jones - Sport and Aquatic Centre


Sport: Sprint Canoeing

Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation

Oscar was successful in winning the Macquarie University 'Rookie Athlete of the Year' in 2019.

Oscar had a great year racing in 2019 which included top-five finishes in both National Open Ocean paddling and surf lifesaving events, as well as nearly going undefeated for the entire season in Under 19s Ocean paddling and surf lifesaving.

Oscar subsequently qualified to race at the World Ocean Paddling Championships for both the open and U23 teams. He also was selected in the New South Wales Open team for surf lifesaving for the 2019/20 season. Oscar has several future World Cup events in Hong Kong and Perth where he is hoping to crack the open podium or at least take out the Under 20 divisions respectively.

His 2020 goal is to be selected in the Open and Under 23 marathon Kayak team to race at the World Championships in Europe.

“Macquarie University provides sport scholars and leaders with an immense amount of support, making the integration of sporting and student life much easier. Being a Sport scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassador at the university, where I'm able to support fellow students, represent the University in the community, and provide input into decision making is not only an amazing opportunity but also a way to give back to the University.”

Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre - Health Club

Kiera Austin - Macquarie University Future Students

Sport: Netball

Bachelor of Medical Sciences

In 2019, Kiera was the University Sport Ambassador and was awarded a Half Blue.

Kiera Austin is a professional Netball player with the GWS Giants franchise in the Suncorp Super Netball league and has been for the past two years. Kiera has re-signed with the Giants for an additional 2 years. She was elevated into the Australian Diamonds Netball Squad at the beginning of 2019 and has regained selected into the squad for the 2019-2020 season. Kiera has also been fortunate to be selected into the Australia A Development Team. This squad is aimed at developing the nation's next crop of potential Samsung Diamonds in preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

''Being a Sport Scholars' and Leaders' Ambassador in 2019 really opened doors for me to get involved in my University. I love feeling a sense of inclusion and connection to Macquarie University''

Macquarie University Future Students

Sarah Harrison - Macquarie University International Students

Sport: Dragon Boat

Bachelor of International Studies/ Bachelor of Law

Sarah is a national Dragon Boat competitor.

In 2019 Sarah debuted in her first International Age competition, representing Australia in an under 24 age crew in Thailand and also competed in China in an under 35 age crew.

In April 2020, Sarah will be competing in the Australian National Championships in Sydney and in August the Club Crew World Championships in France.

Sarah is striving to be selected in the NSW State team to compete at the Australian Championships, as well as to be selected for the premier (25-40 age category), for the Asian Dragon Boat Championships at the end of 2020.

“The 2020 Sport Scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassadors are of vital importance as they play a crucial role to the prosperity of community engagement and development of professional and working relationships, both within and among outside organisations at Macquarie University. This will ultimately be a benefit to all respective students and associated corporations.”

Macquarie University International Students

Macquarie University International College

Tess O'Connor - Campus Life events

Sport: Equestrian

Bachelor of Commerce and Laws

In 2019 Tess was the Ambassador for Macquarie University Future Students and was awarded a Blue.

Tess has been competing at the highest level possible in Equestrian Show Horse for many years. She has consistently performed at an Open national level against professionals, winning numerous National titles.

Tess won the 2019 title of Australian National Champion Open Lady Rider at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, after previously winning this title back in 2016. She also won Reserve Champion Lady Rider at the 2019 Royal Canberra Show, and in 2017 she won the title of Grand National Champion Open Male or Female Rider 17 & 21 years.

Tess is looking forward to an exciting 2020. She has already qualified for the 2020 Australasian Grand National Championships as well as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Royal Canberra Show, Royal Brisbane Show and Royal Melbourne Show.

“The Sport Scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassadors, through their personal experience demonstrate how Macquarie is able to support athletes, so they are able to study while also juggling the huge time commitments elite sport requires. This is vital in ensuring elite athletes, who are considering studying at Macquarie, end up choosing Macquarie.”

Deborah - Anne de la Harpe - Centre for Emotional Health

Sport: Football (Soccer)

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Deborah plays for APIA Leichardt in the NPL NSW Open Women’s competition.

As an elite athlete, Deborah-Anne's goal for 2020 is to continue to play at the highest level of representative football she can. This means playing in the W-League and representing Australia (Matildas).

In 2019 Deborah was selected in Australia’s 23-player team for the AFC U19 Women’s Championship, which were held in Chonburi, Thailand.

Previously Deborah has competed for the Football New South Wales Institute program from U14 to graduation at U17. During this she competed in the National U17 Competition known as NTC Challenge in 2016 and 2017 at the Australian Institute of Sport. Prior to this Deborah-Anne was a member of the U15 state team also competing at the National Youth Championship for NSW Metropolitan.

In 2016/17 Deborah was a train on player with Western Sydney Wanderers in the Women's W-League. Deborah-Anne endeavours to continue to train and play at this level for the future.

“Being a Sport Scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassador is extremely important to me as I know the impact a sport scholar ambassador had on me and my decision regarding coming to Macquarie. This role allows me to use my strengths through leadership, communication and working with people, which I am extremely passionate about. It is an incredible opportunity to expand my professional development and allow me to share with other individuals the importance of education and sport. Having had previous leadership experiences and high achievement in my sport, this role holds incredible importance for me as I am passionate about giving back to the community and helping individuals achieve their goals.”

Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health

Hannah Darlington - Walanga Muru

Sport: Cricket

Bachelor of Marine Science

Hannah Darlington is a professional cricketer with the Sydney Thunder in the Women's 'Big Bash League'(BBL).

The commitment that Hannah has to face include an intense training schedule of four days per week with games and further commitments, including travelling and appearances on weekends.

Her goal in the future is to break into the National Performance Squad and Australia A tours.

Hannah’s high achievements include: - Member of Australian Indigenous team - Vice-captain NSW Indigenous team which has won 12 straight titles - Sydney Thunder Debut vs Sixers in 2019 - Best figures of 3/29 vs Adelaide Strikers - Australian U19 tours to NZ and South Africa - NSW CHS Sporting Blue - Sydney South West Sporting Blue and athlete of the year - NSW All Schools player of the tournament 2018 & 2017

''Being a Sport Scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassador role provides me with the opportunity to share my love of sport but also share my experiences to hopefully inspire others. I look forward to expressing sport through my indigenous culture and to also be able to connect with others who can teach me more about the Aboriginal heritage''

Walanga Muru

Content owner: Campus Sport Last updated: 23 Apr 2020 1:56pm

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