We bring successful sportspeople and other leading professionals into the classroom to act as mentors. Each Year 11 class is linked with an ambassador, who stays with the class over their two years of study. Our ambassadors work with our students every term, delivering skills training, motivational talks, and visiting clinics to help our students develop their skills as coaches. Bringing a background of outstanding achievements and leadership within their industries, our ambassadors will inspire, connect with and motivate you.
Kennedy Cherrington has taken the NRLW by storm, being named co-captain for the Parramatta Eels fresh off a Grand Final appearance and winning the NRL Woman of the Year title in 2023.
In her young career she has already secured a world cup with Australia and represented both her state and her culture with call ups to NSW for State of Origin and the Maori All Stars respectively.
Beyond sports, Kennedy is a social media sensation with over 5 million TikTok likes, the highest engagement rate among Australian athletes.
Family is central to her life, and she shares a close relationship with her NRLW-playing sister Reuben who also plays with the Eels.
Kennedy’s talents and infectious energy extend far beyond the footy field, making her a remarkable figure both on and off the field.
GWS netballer Tilly McDonell has made a Giant impact since signing with the club in 2019.
McDonell made her way through the NNSW and Giants pathway and is an up-and-coming defender, who uses her pace and gritty attitude to make an impact on the court.
At only 21 years old, McDonell recorded an excellent 2021 Super Netball season with 6 intercepts and 17 deflections in 12 games earning selection in the Australian Diamonds Development squad.
Showing such strong and consistent performances at a young age, McDonell has a bright future ahead of her and most recently was an important member of the squad that took out Australia’s first Fast5 Netball World Series gold medal win in 2022.
Continuing to grow her game, McDonell is one of the best impact defenders in the competition, showing passion, grit, and determination both on and off the court that will hold her in great stead for her future development.
Off the court, McDonell is kept busy coaching and studying a double degree in Law and Psychology Science as part of the Ben Lexcen sports scholarship at UNSW.
Isaac Cumming is an AFL player for the GWS Giants and has been at the club since 2016.
He was born and raised in Broken Hill, NSW and lived there until late 2016, when he moved to Sydney after being drafted.
Throughout his whole life, Isaac has always loved sport and how it brings people together. He is passionate about education and supporting young people and he is currently studying to become a PE Teacher, setting himself up for post-football life.
Benjamin Lovett is a member of the South Sydney Rabbitohs first-grade Rugby League team.
Ben, 21, joined the Rabbitohs in 2020 and has risen through the ranks to break into the Club’s top 30-contracted players over the past two seasons.
A country kid from the Central West town of Parkes, Ben won the Rabbitohs’ Jersey Flegg (under 21s) Player of the Year award in 2021, going on to make his NRL debut against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in round four.
Renowned as one of the hardest-working players in the Rabbitohs’ squad, Ben is a regular at the top of the tackle count and can create opportunities for his team to score with ball skills developed on the fields of Parkes throughout his early years, playing many different sports before following a career in Rugby League.
The Lovett family is an elite sporting family with Ben’s older brother Kurt representing the New South Wales and Australian Kookaburras men’s hockey team between 2020 and 2022.
Ben strives to improve every time he takes to the training field. Off the training paddock, Ben has always kept busy coaching and mentoring the younger generation to help them succeed on and off the field.
Bryleeh Henry enjoyed an outstanding debut season as a centre-forward at Western Sydney Wanderers in 2020/21, playing 11 games with six starts and kicked 2 goals to cement herself as one of the country’s best young talents.
This followed Henry making her senior Matildas debut in October of 2020 in a friendly against Brazil, playing alongside one of her footballing idols, Sam Kerr. She gained exposure in camp alongside experienced Matildas and earned invaluable game time and the opportunity to experience a big match atmosphere in front of her home crowd.
In 2022, Henry started all three of the Young Matildas games at the Under 20 World Cup in Costa Rica and took a lot from the experience, especially against world-class opponents Brazil and Spain.
The 19yr old made the move on a two season deal to Melbourne City FC for the 2022/23 A-League women’s season and continued to show impressive calm and composure around goal, gaining Henry many admirers as the City striker.
Sport crazy growing up, Henry was playing six different sports before concentrating on football. Post school she started studying Health and Exercise Science but has deferred for now to fully focus on her football.
She loves surfing, hanging out with her friends and family and loves eating açai bowls. If she wasn’t playing football Henry would love a career where she helps people, and is currently fulfilling this, doing some casual work as a support worker with What Ability who aim to bring happiness to people living with a disability.
Alex Blackwell represented Australia in cricket for 15 years and captained Australia to their first T20 World Cup victory. Alex now enjoys educating individuals and teams in sport and business, through keynote speaking and
leadership mentoring, on how to achieve sustained high performance in challenging environments.
Alex is a health professional in the area of clinical genetics and works at Sydney Children’s hospital as a Genetic Counsellor. In July 2023 Alex became the Head Coach of the newly established women’s program at Sydney University Cricket Club. She is a long-term advocate for equal opportunity for all people to benefit from sports participation and actively works towards breaking down barriers to participation for minority groups. Alex appears
regularly in the media, as a sports commentator and social justice advocate, and uses this platform to promote positive messages around high performance, inclusion, and health.
Ben is a former professional basketball player who grew up in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. His playing career spanned over 15 years from the collegiate to professional level. He attended Augusta State University (USA) from 2006-10, earning All-American honours and graduating with a diploma of Business Management.
Ben’s professional career began with the Sydney Kings in 2010 and he was selected as the captain of the Sydney Kings from 2012 to 2015. He was also a member of the Australian Boomers National Team from 2011 to 2016.
His overseas experience consisted of playing in the European Basketball League from 2015 to 2019. Playing with teams in Belgium, Lithuania, and Germany. His last season of competitive basketball was as a member of the newly formed NBL franchise, the South East Melbourne Phoenix in 2019-2020.
In addition, Ben has a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and was a Blues Award Recipient, from Macquarie University, their most prestigious sports award.
Ben has always been passionate about the community, founding ‘Madgen’s Message of Hope’, which included hospital visits and memorable game day experiences for children in need at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, and Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick.
Ben also facilitated free basketball clinics in the remote Indigenous town of Santa Teresa (NT), with a focus on nutrition, hydration, and wellbeing.
Ben looks forward to helping the next generation of aspiring sporting stars at GOAL College.