Our Ambassadors

Michael Thwaite

Micheal Thwaite

Michael is an Australian professional football player who currently plays for Liaoning Whowin in the Chinese Super League. Michael played for Sydney University Soccer Football Club (SUSFC) in 2002 and only three years later made his full debut for the Socceroos. The former Education Student, Sydney Uni Sport Scholarship holder and University Blue is regarded as the most successful male footballer in the club’s history.

After leaving SUSFC for Marconi in the old NSL, Michael then tried his luck in Europe where he played 5 seasons which included stints in Romania with FC national, Poland for Wisla Kraków and Norway for SK Brann. Michael would later return to Australia to play in the A-League for Melbourne Victory, Gold Coast United and most recently Perth Glory where is was also Captain.

Michael was part of the Australian under-20s team in the 2004 FIFA World Youth Championship, the under 23 qualifiers for the Athens Olympics and a squad member of the Socceroos in their historic World Cup qualifying tie against Uruguay. He was also a member of the Australian national team that qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

Heather Garriock

Heather is a former Matilda and the current Head Coach for SUSFC Women’s Premier League program.

Debuting in 1999, Garriock’s 13-year career with the Matildas saw her represent Australia at three FIFA Women’s World Cups, 2 Olympic Games, 3 Asian Cups, along the way amassing 130 caps and netting 20 goals. As well as being the second most capped Australian footballer, Garriock has also lined up for Australia in the second most World Cup matches scoring 3 times at the highest level. In the W-League, the Sydney native led her hometown club Sydney FC to the Sky Blues first W-League championship in 2009 and the premiership in 2010/11.

Upon the birth of her first daughter Kaizen, she returned for what was to be her final season of competitive football, captaining the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2013/14 W-League season.

Unsurprisingly, Heather Garriock has already made an impact on that front, and was named the 2015 Football NSW Women’s NPL1 Coach of the Year after leading Sydney University Soccer Football Club to the 2015 title.

Garriock is also currently studying for a Master of Education (Sports Coaching) at Sydney University and obtaining her AFC coaching licences.

Heather Garriock
Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer

Adam is a Sydney University icon, sporting tragic, radio presenter, comedian, media personality, legendary MC and self-proclaimed maths geek. Adam has a law degree and a PhD in pure maths but is best known for his numerous television roles as well as his Sleek Geeks Science Comedy show with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

A passionate sports lover he is an ambassador for the Sydney Swans and coached a women’s soccer team at the University of Sydney for over a decade including two grand final wins. He is the University’s first ever ambassador for mathematics and science and is aligned with numerous charitable causes. He serves on the board of directors of Redkite, is an ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation and was a co-creator via his radio show of Dry July which has raised over $25 million for adult cancer services in Australian hospitals.

John Boultbee AM

John is a lawyer and leading Australian sport administrator. In 1990, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to rowing as an administrator. John was the fifth Director of the Australian Institute of Sport from 1995 to 2001 and supervised the Olympic Athlete Program, which was largely responsible for Australia’s impressive medal tally at the Sydney Olympics.

In 2004, he was appointed by the Football Federation Australia (FFA) to establish a high performance unit where he oversaw the national teams including the Socceroos, Olyroos and Matildas. During this period, the Socceroos qualified for World Cups in Germany, South Africa and Brazil.

John Boultbee AM
Annie Corlett

Annie Corlett AM

After graduating, Annie worked in the financial sector and subsequently was an executive director of two publicly listed mining companies. Annie has had a long-time involvement in supporting groups in the not-for-profit sector.

Her current appointments include National Board Member of Lifeline Australia, Chair of the Board Board Funding and Sustainability Committee. Annie has been President of the University of Sydney Alumni Council since 2013.

She is also a member of the External Advisory Committee for the University’s Department of Government and International Relations and a Volunteer Court Supporter/Counsellor for the Homicide Victims Support Group (NSW).

Robert Smithies

Robert Smithies has been the Executive Director of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness for over 8 years. He graduated with an Economics/Finance degree, whilst also on a soccer scholarship for four years, from Marquette University in Milwaukee, USA. He went on to further studies at The University of Sydney, completing a law degree in 1998 whilst also securing the Soccer Football Club’s first ever SUSF soccer scholarship. He practised as a lawyer from 1999 to 2004 before switching to sports management at Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness.

Smithies scored 205 goals in 212 first grade games for Sydney Uni between 1996 and 2005.  He captained the first grade team from 2001 to 2005 and won the Club’s golden boot title in 1997 and 1998.  He also won the 2004 Football NSW Super League Player of the Year award.

Brendan Casey
Eric Abrams

Eric Abrams

Eric is the current FFA Technical Director overseeing the Elite Youth Player Development and Coach Education strategies of Australian football. Abrams, who holds a UEFA Pro License, joins the FFA following a long career in youth development where he guided the youth structures in Belgium from 2002-2013, which has seen the emergence of a “Golden Generation” of players.

During his tenure as Belgium U15 and U17 National Team Head Coach, Abrams help guide the youth careers of Belgium’s FIFA World Cup stars Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Romulu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witsel, Toby Alderweireld and JanVerthongen. Eric has an impressive background in elite youth development in Belgium and has played an integral role in producing what the technical experts believe is one of the strongest groups of international players in world football.

Dr Brendan Casey

Brendan commenced his working life as a Research Engineer, working for DuPont in the USA, with a BSC(Hons) and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry.  In 1993 he changed careers to stockbroking with County Securities, as a Dealing Research Analyst, which became Citigroup where he was Head of Portfolio Trading.  Brendan then moved to funds management as Head of Dealing and Technology at Commonwealth Investment Management, followed by a long stint of consulting interspersed by roles as the Asia Pacific Director of Trading and Technology for ITG and the Head of Electronic Trading and Equity Infrastructure for CBA Institutional Equities.  In 2013 he commenced his current role as Executive Manager Investment Operations at Suncorp.

Brendan has played football for University of Sydney since 1990, has been a committee member of the Sydney University Soccer Football Club Foundation since 2007 and its Chairman since 2011 and has also held the role of President of the Science Association and was commissioned through Sydney University Regiment.

Brendan Casey
Brendan Casey

Michael Baume AM

The Hon Michael Baume, AO is a former diplomat, front-bench federal politician, consultant, journalist, stockbroker, public company director, TV panellist and commentator, author and public speaker. He was Australia’s Consul General in New York from 1996-2001, where he was awarded the US Foreign Policy Association’s medal for his contribution to improving relations between the US and Australia.

Michael was made Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his services to the parliament, the arts and finance journalism, and is listed in Australia’s Who’s Who. He was a grade cricketer and a Sydney University soccer Blue (1951) and in 2016 he was announced as one of the SUSFC Legends for his many years of service to the club, which was celebrated as part of the club’s 70th anniversary.

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