Personnel

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MARK RUSSELL
Diploma in Teaching (Majoring in Health Studies & PE)
1980 – Northern Rivers
CAE, Lismore NSW
Positions Held
Former Sports Co Ordinator, St John’s Primary School, Mullumbimby NSW
Executive Officer NCCMC
Event Facilitator for “Look, Listen & Learn” Education Pathway Conferences
Aussie Sport Skills Manager and Co ordinator
Event Manager for Operation ’Grassroots’ Project which incorporated …
The Footy Forum Event & The Aussie Gateways ‘Border Cup’ Challenge Event.
NSWOL Event Manager “Learn Earn Legend” IJM Mt Druitt.
President Byron Shire Respite Service Inc.
Board Member of Destination Byron.
Background
Mark Russell has followed a research and promotions pathway that has led him into management of numerous projects aimed at improving the employment opportunities of the youth. He has also managed sports events and marketed regional areas of Australia through sport tourism. Using his business and promotions background, Mark has worked with various government departments and sporting groups to bring a media focus to encourage all Australians to participate in healthy lifestyle activities. Mark believes education, awareness, team building and encouraging healthy lifestyles are keys to building stronger communities. In turn, stronger communities build a society that is both positive and productive.

LISA RUSSELL
Diploma in Teaching, 1980 – Northern Rivers CAE, Lismore, NSW.
Bachelor of Education, 2000 – Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
2013 Gained International Accreditation for;
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Teaching Grammar Awareness
Teaching Business English
Teaching Large Classes
Teaching with Limited Resources
Teaching Audio & Video Lessons
Positions Held
Media & Promotions Manager
Primary School Teacher
Additional Needs Teacher
Information and Communications Technology Teacher
Worked as Copywriter / Producer with Channel TEN Lismore. (1994)
NSWOL Event Manager “Learn Earn Legend” IJM Mt Druitt.
Southern Cross University, Gold Coast – Professional Experience Supervisor
Southern Cross University, Grader for English 11, Curriculum & Pedagogy.
Background
Lisa Russell has followed education, research and media pathways that have led her into developing and documenting both media promotions and educational kits on a variety of topics. Using her education and media background, Lisa has worked under contract for various government departments to document and implement strategies that encourage healthy lifestyle choices in Indigenous communities. Using the media to educate community members is an effective way to build awareness of potential threats to communities and present strategies to combat such threats. Lisa believes both the media and the internet have a strong influence in today’s society and therefore should be used to encourage positive lifestyle choices.

GRAHAM EADIE
Community Liaison and Program Delivery
(Australian Kangaroo, 1980 State of Origin & NRL Player)
Media Appearances
Articles for Rugby League Week
Host of Radio 94.1 Gold Coast Sports Chat Program
Interviewed on Radio 2SM Graeme Hughes Talkin’ Sport Program
Event Appearances
Guest Speaker at Rugby League Functions
Host ‘The Aussie Gateways’ Footy Forum
Host ‘The Border Cup Challenge’ Event
DEEWR – IJM Mt Druitt
NAB Traineeship – Mentoring Video Launch

Host ‘Strengthening Local Clubs’ Program
Background
Graham Eadie is passionate about helping talented Rugby League players find a Career within the code. His love of the game and his impressive Career statistics allow him to pass on to future players many skills and insights that have assisted him in dealing with situations both on and off the field.Graham received an award in 2008 from the NRL Centenary of Rugby League Celebrations for his ‘Contribution to Rugby League’. He was also named as 1 of the 100 Greatest players of the last 100 years.  Rugby League Week named Graham as 1 of the Top 30 Greatest Players of the last 30 Years.
In 2008, Kevin Rudd and David Gallop presented Graham with a ‘Man of the Match’ Award for 1976 & 1978 Clive Churchill Medal.
Graham is a fine mentor for young people. He delivers workshop material and provides thought provoking topics aimed at encouraging young people to plan their future.Graham is a vital member of the Aussie Gateways team.

ALYCE BENNETT
Youth Mentor and Guest Speaker
(NSW U19 Iron Woman Champion 2005, Australian U 19 Board Champion 2009, 3rd Coolangatta Gold 2008, Winner Kellogg’s Nutra Grain Iron Woman R3 Coolum 2009, NSW Open Surf Race Champion 2011, 2nd Open Board Australian Tiltles 2011.
Advice from Alyce
There are invaluable lessons that can only be learned by making mistakes and things not working out – it reveals what you have to change to do better next time and reach your goals. Self-doubt and fear of failure should not be reasons for not trying. I love this quote from Paulo Coelho: “Face your path with courage, don’t’ be scared of people’s criticism. And, above all, don’t let yourself get paralyzed by your own criticism.”This is particularly important for both participating in sport, and also planning a future career. There is so much you can gain just from being involved in sport- even if you’re not “winning”. Sport helps broaden your social and professional network and provides an opportunity to identify and develop your personal strengths and weaknesses, which carries over to other parts of your life, including your career.