Sport Scholar Ambassador Program
Macquarie University Sport has contracted twelve (12) 2018 Macquarie University Sport Scholars as University Ambassadors in 2018.
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
Nicholas Andrews - Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre Health Club
Sport: Athletics (Hurdles)
Bachelor Business Leadership and Commerce
In 2017 Nick was selected to compete in the Australian 4x100m relay team at the World Relay Championships in Nassau Bahamas in which the team finished in 4th place. Nick was then selected to be a member of the Australia team in the 4x100 team to compete at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. On this campaign Nick was able to race against the best athletes in the world - Nick and his team achieved 12th place with a PB time of 38.8 seconds, with Nick running the 3rd leg as a vital part of the team.
The team also competed in the IAAF Diamond League in London before Nick travelled to the Gold Coast for Australian University Games, where he won Gold in the 100 in a time of 10.55 seconds
In 2018 Nick aims to be selected in the Commonwealth Games team in both the hurdles and 4x100 team To date Nick has made very good progress as a member of the relay Gold program going into the new year. The team is selected in February and Nick has an excellent chance to be selected.
- Competed in the Australian Athletics Championships in the Men’s 4x100m relay
- 4x100 m relay team qualified for the IAAF World Championships (held in August)
- Selected in the Australian team for the 2017 World Summer Universiade Games
Note: Nick had to withdraw from WUG due to the IAAF World Champs
- 10th - World U20 Championships in Poland
- Second fastest time for the U20 age group in history
- Represented Australia in 2014 at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games
Nick received a Macquarie University Half Blue in 2017
Ella Beere - Future Students
Bachelor of Psychology
Ella is an Australian Sprint Canoe representative. Her goals for 2018 are to qualify for the Under 23 Australian Sprint Canoeing team and the Open Australian Sprint Canoeing team as a 19 years old.
Ella’s best results in 2017 were at Grand Prix 2 where she finished 2nd in the Open K1 200m in a PB time of 40.75. She also came 4th in the Open K1 500m in a time of 1.54.62.
Ella was ranked 2nd in the 2016/17 season for the 200m and 4th in 2016/17 for the 500m. At the 2016 National Championships she won both the junior k1 200m and k1 500m races in record times.
At the 2017 national championships she came 2nd in the U23 K1 200m and 4th in the K1 500m. She was selected to compete in the Australian Kayaking team at the ICF U23/Junior World Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Ella achieved her best result in 2016 with a 4th in the Junior K1 200m.
- 2nd - K1 200- Australian Canoeing Nationals
- 4th– K1 500 - Australian Canoeing Nationals
Under-18 women’s events - National Canoe Sprint Championships
- Gold K2 200 final (Jayde Bagnall)
- Silver - K2 500 (Jayde Bagnall)
- Gold - K1 200 and K1 500 finals
- 1st – Age group, National Australian Canoeing Sprint Championships
- 9th – World Kayak Sprint Championships, World Juniors (16 years old)
Ashleigh Blake - Sport Alumni
Sport: Wakeboard Skiing
Bachelor of Arts Psychology/Human Science
Ashleigh has been a competitive wakeboarder for many years now. Over the past two years she has moved up into the professional women division within the Australian competitions. In 2017 Ashleigh placed 3rd in the NSW State Championships in the Open women's division and 5th in the same division at the Australian National Championships.
In the 2016 season Ashleigh also placed 3rd in the Open Women's divisions at the NSW State Championships and 3rd at the National Championships also in the Open Women's division. In 2016 Ashleigh placed 1st in the Australian Open for the open women division.
This season, Ashleigh's goal is to again podium at the state and national level, and also branch into some of the cable competitions of wakeboarding (a different category of competition and skill).
Ashleigh is a Macquarie University Half Blue.
Nicholas Brooks - National University Games
Sport: Water Polo
Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and Bachelor Science (Mathematics)
The winner of the Macquarie University 2017 Male Athlete of the year is Nicholas Brooks.
Nicholas is a current member of the Australian Men’s National Water Polo team who recently finished seventh at the 2017 World Championships.He debuted in the Opens Australian mens team that competed at the World League final qualifiers (Gold Coast), World League finals (Russia), and the World Championships (Hungary) as well as travelling overseas for multiple training camps and World University games (Taiwan).
Nicholas had completed a remarkable comeback from an injury in 2016 to once again make the Australian team to compete at the 2017 World University Games.
Nick has played over one hundred games for his club, Cronulla, in the Australian National Water Polo League, and is a current New South Wales Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
Nick’s future potential was recognised this year, marked by his selection to attend the 2020 Olympic hopeful camp for the Australian Men’s team, as he looks to make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games
In 2018 Nick will be seeking to compete In multiple international tournaments again representing both the country and the University.
Nicholas was a member of the Australian Born 95 team, representing Australia in the u20s World Championships,
He has played 100 + games in the National league competition, the highest domestic level competition for his club Cronulla.
- Current member of the Australian Men’s Water Polo team
- 7th – World Championships - Australian Men’s Water Polo team
- Current NSWIS Scholarship holder
- Australian Men’s Water Polo team, World Summer Universiade, Taipei, Taiwan
- 7th - Men’s Water Polo team, World Summer Universiade, Gwangju, South Korea
- Ted O’Keeffe award recipient
- Full Blue award recipient
Nicholas is a Macquarie University Full Blue, Ted O’Keefe Award winner (2015) and Male Athlete of the Year (2017) recipient.
Jessica Bunting - Walanga Muru
Sport: Oztag/Rugby League
Bachelor of Laws/Arts (Criminology)
In 2017 Jessica Bunting made her debut in Rugby League, playing in the NSW Harvey Norman Women's Rugby league Competition as 5/8 and/or dummy half for the Glenmore Park Brumbies.
This is the highest level of Rugby League for Women today, beside representative levels. This competition was extremely competitive and involved the best of the best, including Australian Jillaroos and NSW representatives.
From this, Jessica was selected in the squad to represent the Penrith Panthers in the NRL Women's 9's Exhibition games scheduled in early 2017, major opponents being the Cronulla Sharks team consisting of fully contracted representative team.
In 2017 Jessica was also selected to play National Level Oztag in Coffs Harbour and the BIG4 representative Oztag Competition held in Sydney for the 'best 4 nations' including Australia, combined Pacific islands, Indigenous Australia and Lebanon.
Jessica was also selected to play for the Red Belly Blacks Womens Koori Knockout Team. This competition was another chance to better Jessica’s skill and experience against strong teams and was her second year playing in the Knockout. Jessica also plays Netball in the A1 Competition at Hawkesbury Netball Association and has further endeavors in 2018 to increase her representative involvement in netball.
However, 2018 is a bigger and better year. With selections beginning for Penrith Panthers first NRL Team which will soon start to take place before the usual men's NRL games. This means that Jessicas performance goals and commitments in 2018 will be extremely high.
2018 is also the next Oztag World Cup series that will find many international teams gathering in Coffs Harbour for the battle. Jessica will represent the Australian Indigenous Oztag side through the commitment to her culture, regardless of selections in other teams. Jessica captained the last World Cup in 2015 that sadly ended in a loss in the Semi Final to Australia. Jessica has already been selected in the Penrith Open Womens Oztag side for the next State Cup held in March 2018 and will begin training hard for this event prior to the end of 2017.
Dominique du Toit - U@MQ Events
Sport: Women’s Rugby 7’s
Bachelor of Arts Media
Dominque Du Toit was the winner of the Macquarie University 2017 Female athlete of the year and the Chancellors Award at the 2017 Blues Awards.
Dominique has continued to rise through the ranks of the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team since joining the National program in 2015. She was a member of the Australian squad that won Gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil and has spent 2017 playing for Australia in the World Rugby Sevens Series.
An integral team member and dubbed the ‘ultimate professional’ her humble approach to the game is widely recognised throughout the sport.
Dominique also played for the Macquarie Sydney Rays in the inaugural Women’s University Sevens Series which saw eight University teams travel around the country in a four-tournament series, with Macquarie placing third overall at the end of the series.
Dominique is a current member of the Australian Women's 7's squad who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She competes on the World Series circuit which consists of six international tournaments around the World. The team won the World Series in 2015/2016 and placed second in the 2016/2017 season.
The 2017/2018 season is an extended season with both the Commonwealth Games and the Rugby World Cup 7's taking place. Dominique is endeavouring to compete at both tournaments along with all the World Series tournaments.
Dominique was also one of twelve student athletes to be selected for an ambassadorial role through Macquarie University in 2017.
Chantelle Kerry - Careers and Employment Service
Sport: Figure Skating
Bachelor of Arts and Psychology
Chantelle briefly explored gymnastics and was a junior state champion before returning to her true passion, figure skating at an early age.
Training at Macquarie Ice Skating Club, Kerry is coached by her mother and hero Monica (MacDonald) who represented Australia in figure skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Her older brother Brendan competes in singles at the World and Winter Olympic Games level.
Chantelle is a current Australian Senior Ice Dance representative and formerly represented Australia in Singles skating at the World Championships and Youth Winter Olympic Games. Kerry is a member of the Australian High Performance Squad (tier 1)
In 2017, Chantelle switched to Ice Dance with her (also singles skater background) partner Andrew Dodds.
In their first season they have become the highest ranked and scoring Australian team at International Events and will be representing Australia at the 2018 Four Continents Championships and aiming for World Championship selection.
In the 2017-18 season they have won the Hollins Trophy (their first together and a national ranking competition), represented Australia in the Cup of Nice (France), where they gained selection to the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and also represented Australia in the Warsaw Cup in Poland, where they received a personal best SD score.
In early December Chantelle/ Andrew competed in their first national championships as a team, and have continued onto other international assignments and championship events in early 2018.
Chantelle is a Macquarie University Half Blue
Deanna Kyriazopoulos - Macquarie University School Sport
Bachelor of Commerce
Deanna was the winner of the Macquarie University 2017 Rookie of the year.
Deanna is a current member of the Australian Senior Taekwondo National Team in the 46kg and -49kg division, and is ranked 28th in the World in her division.
In 2017 Deanna won Bronze at the Asian Presidents Cup in Uzbekistan and Bronze in the Luxembourg Open. She placed fourth in the New Zealand G2 Open, and competed in the Austria G1 Open. Deanna made history this year as the first Australian athlete to compete at the Asian Indoor Games, she was also chosen by the Australian Olympic Committee to be Australia's flag bearer for the event.
Deanna trains at Global Martial Arts in Hoxton Park with the current Australian Olympic coach Ali Khalil. Currently
Her goals are to win Gold 2018 at the Oceania Championships and compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 World Championships and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
- Australian Senior Taekwondo National Team, 46kg representative
- Ranked 28th in the world - 46kg & ranked 45th in the world in the Olympic rankings (49kg Division)
- Bronze - Asian Presidents Cup in Uzbekistan
- 4th - New Zealand G2 Open
- Bronze - Luxembourg Open
- Selected to compete in the Austria G1 Open
- Bronze Medallist - Luxembourg Open (G1) June 2017
- Grand Prix Russia invite (only top 32 in the world) August 2017
- Grand Prix London G4 (top 32 in the world) October 2017
- 1 of 6 Australian athletes selected to compete for the first time in the Asian indoor Martial Arts Games in September 2017 in Turkmenistan (G1).
- Bronze - Greece Open
- Competed at WTF Presidents Cup - Oceania WTF G2, Canberra
- Silver Medallist - Greece Open 2016 (G-1)
- Bronze Medallist - Presidents Cup 2016 (G-2)
- Gold Medallist - Oceania G2 Competition Fiji 2016 (G-4)
- Bronze Medallist - Australian World Championship (Selection - AIS)
- Gold - Australian World Championships, Chelyabinsk Russia
- Silver – XV Pacific Games, Port Moresby
- Gold - Oceania Championship
- Gold - Junior Australian National Championships
- Gold - Senior Australian National Championships
- Silver - Croatian Open
Jacob McCorry - Macquarie University Sport Scholarships
Bachelor of Commerce
Jacob McCorry is an aspiring 110m hurdler targeting the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Tokyo Olympics.
In 2017 Jacob entered the open age category and in his first year came 3rd at the Australian Open Athletics Championships with a time of 13.97 seconds.
At an Under 20 level Jacob represented Australia at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland
His personal best is 13.79, .18 under the World Junior Qualifying time of 13.97.
His larger goals are the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2024 Olympics where he will be 22 and 26 years old. His incredible love for the sport and commitment to training are huge reasons for his success, as he also coaches a squad, in which all members have achieved national qualifiers for the 2017 season.
Jacob is an incredibly motivated and passionate athlete who does all the 1%ers that most are not willing to do, to achieve success.
Jacob is a Macquarie University Half Blue.
Kyle McIndoe - CEPET
Bachelor of Commerce with Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Kyle is an outstanding Judo athlete, and in 2017 he was the 66kg Junior Australian Champion, and Junior Oceania Champion. He competed in the Junior World Cup in Germany where he received a number #1 ranking, and in July was ranked #1 in the Junior world ranking for the 66kg category.
Over the last 2 years, Kyle has quickly risen to become one of Australia’s top young prospects in Judo. Having won numerous Australian Titles since 2012, Kyle for the first time captured the Junior Oceania Title in 2017, solidifying himself as the region’s top young 66kg competitor.
Kyle further went on to prove his worth in the senior division, becoming Australia’s youngest ever Senior World Cup winner at just 19 years of age in Vanuatu. His excellent performances this year has catapulted him to 4th on the Junior World Ranking list, and has begun to slowly make his way up the Senior Ranks, cracking close to the top 150.
Over the next 12 months Kyle plans to take Europe and Asia by storm, with numerous Junior and Senior competitions planned as he climbs the ranking lists to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
Kyle is a Macquarie University Half Blue
Steiner (Anh) Nguyen - Macquarie University International Students
Sport: Ice Skating
Bachelor in Medical Science
Anh is an international sport scholar at Macquarie University and in 2017 competed in state, national and international competitions such as Hollins Trophy, NSW and Victoria State Championships and the North Island Ice Skating Association Championships held in New Zealand.
At the NSW Figure Skating Championships in September Anh won the title of Intermediate Men’s State Champion and then culminated the year by winning the Intermediate Men’s Open at the 2017 Australian National Figure Skating Championship in December.
Anh finished the year by completing an extensive Ice Skating Training Camp Seminar held in Vietnam. In the medium to long term Anh's aims are World Winter Universiade and 2022 Winter Olympics.
- Selection to Australian National squad, following qualification series
- International debut at Asian Challenge Series and the South East Asian Games
- Gold – Vietnam Figure Skating Championships
- Gold – Vietnam Figure Skating Championships
Anh is Macquarie University Half Blue
Michael Wells - Centre for Emotional Health
Sport: Rugby Union
Bachelor of Commerce with Bachelor in Laws
Michael continues his involvement with the NSW Waratahs Super Rugby team in 2018, coming off a successful individual year in 2017 which saw him start 11 of the 15 games.
Michael is a previous Australian Men's Sevens and Australian Under 20's representative and has also been part of the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby Team in 2016, before joining the Waratahs.
Michael hopes to maintain his starting spot this year and potentially be selected in the Wallabies for the June Test series against Ireland.
Michael is a Macquarie University Half Blue.