Challenge Ambassadors

Sporting Ambassadors are an integral part of the NSW Premier's Sporting Challenge program.

As elite athletes, past and present NSW and/or Australian representatives, they provide inspiration and motivation for young people to get active. Ambassadors become involved in the PSC either by nomination through their NSW Sporting Organisation, or individually because of their commitment to encouraging young people to choose a healthy, active lifestyle.

Ambassadors provide information about themselves and their career so that students can gain an insight into their sporting heroes.


With such an elite group of sports men and women lending their support to our Challenge, it can be difficult for them to allocate the time to visit individual schools personally. 

Connected Classrooms technology has enabled us to offer schools the opportunity for a "Virtual Visit". This experience has already been enjoyed by many rural and remote schools.

Schools participating in the 2015 Challenge are welcome to take part in a Virtual Visit. To register your interest, email to

Ambassadors give inspirational talks to students, relate their personal sporting experiences and promote the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. A Virtual Visit also enables students to ask questions of their sporting heroes!

To learn more about some of our current Ambassadors, click on the image/s below:

Susan PratleyCraig StevensSally BennettJayme Richardson

Erik HorrieJessica Fox

Some of our past Ambassadors include Nathan Hindmarsh (NRL), Joe Galuvao (NRL), Danny Buderus (NRL), Tim Cahill (soccer), Brett Lee (cricket), Rebecca Rippon (water polo), Usman Khawaja (cricket), Prashanth Sellathurai (gymnastics), Glenn Williams (baseball) and Jaslyn Hewitt (tennis).

Find out more about our some of our other past and present Ambassadors by downloading their profile:


Susan Pratley: Netball

Highest Achievement
Commonwealth Games - India 2010, Silver Medal
ANZ Championship 2008 - Premiers
World Netball Championships 2007 - World Champions
Commonwealth Games- Melbourne 2006, Silver Medal
Goal Attack/Goal Shooter
NSW Swifts

Brett Morris: National Rugby League

Highest Achievement
Kangaroos Tour 2009
St George Illawarra Dragons

Jayme Richardson-Paris: Para Cycling

Highest Achievement
2008 Beijing Paralympics
Australian National Track Championship - 2 Gold Medals

Nathan Hindmarsh: National Rugby League

Parramatta Eels
Second Row
Highest Achievement
17 matches for NSW 2001-02, 2004-07, 2010
24 Tests for Australia 2004-2007, 09 (Inc. 2000 World Cup)
Tri Nations 2004-06
Country Origin 2008
Four Nations 2009. People choice award 5 years running

Tatafu Polota - Nau: Rugby Union

Australia Rugby Union Team
Highest Achievement
International Rugby Board U21 Player of the Year

Craig Stevens: Swimming (Freestyle)

Highest Achievement
2004 and 2008 Olympic Games - 2004 Silver Medal (4 x 200m Freestyle)
FINA World Championships - 2003 Gold Medal, 2007 Bronze Medal

Scott Coyte: Cricket

All Rounder
NSW Speed Blitz Blues
Highest Achievement
NSW under 19's
Australian under 19's
NSW Speed Blitz Blues: 2005 - 2008, 2010 - 2011

Sarah Coyte: Cricket

Highest Achievement
Australian Southern Stars selection
Australian Shooting Stars selection
NSW Lend Lease Breakers selection
Australian Women Cricket Team
All Rounder

Dani Samuels: World Champion - Discus

Highest Achievement
World Champion 2009
2008 Beijing Olympics - 9th
World Youth 2005 and
World Junior Champion 2006
2006 Commonwealth Games - Bronze medal

Jarrad McVeigh: Australian Football League

Sydney Swans
Highest Achievement
Co-Captain 2011
International Rules Series 2010
Sydney Swans Best and Fairest 2008
Sydney Swans Most Improved Player 2006

Alexandra Croak: Diving/Gymnastics

Highest Achievement
2010 Commonwealth Games - Diving, Gold
2010 World Cup - Diving, Silver
2008 Beijing Olympic Games Team Member - Diving
2002 Commonwealth Games - Gymnastics, Gold
2000 Sydney Olympic Games Team Member - Gymnastics

Jessica Fox: Canoe Slalom

Highest Achievement
- Selection in the Australian 2012 Olympic team
- Australian Canoeing Athlete of the year 2011
- AIS Education Award 2011
- 1st in the state HSC PDHPE course (2011)
Memorable Moment
Winning the junior world championships and Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010

Kaarle McCulloch: Cycling

Memorable Moment
Winning my first World Title in 2009 in the Team Sprint with Anna Meares
Highest Achievement
NSWIS team athlete of the year award in 2009 and 2010
AIS team athlete of the year award in 2011
Track Sprinter

Tom Scully: AFL

Career highlights to date
- Under-18 All Australian AFL team in 2008/2009
- AFL debut in 2010 with Melbourne Demons
- 2010 Harold Ball Memorial Trophy (Melbourne's Best First Year Player)
- Signed a six year contract to commence with Greater Western Sydney Giants in 2012

Adam Feeney: Tennis

Career highlights to date
- Career High Singles World Ranking - 248
- Career High Doubles World Ranking - 100
- 3rd round Australian Open Doubles, twice
- 2nd round Wimbledon Doubles