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The athletes

In 2017 the QAS embarked on a reinvigorated journey to increase our levels of community engagement. This included the efforts made by our athletes to engage with those who support them, outside of their direct networks.

With the development of QAS4Schools came the opportunity for athletes to be involved. This program would not be a success without the support of our athletes!

The QAS Personal Development team received an amazing response from our athlete group with over 70 expressions of interest returned. As the word spreads, more athletes are coming on board.

The QAS4Schools program provides important messaging to students while our athletes gain vital experience and growth in presentation skills, community awareness, self-confidence, the ability to network and profile building.

Program ambassadors

Three QAS4Schools athlete ambassadors have been identified as they each possess strong leadership qualities and have considerable experience training and competing at the elite, international level.

Mark Knowles - Hockey

QAS4Schools Ambassador Mark Knowles

QAS4Schools Ambassador Mark Knowles

Originally from Rockhampton, Mark has been part of the hockey community for the best part of his life. Making his international debut for the Kookaburras in 2004 at 20 years of age, Mark became the youngest in the team to win an Olympic gold medal. This was also the Kookaburras first Olympic title, an amazing achievement for all involved.

Mark is now a four time Olympian with many other accolades to his name including Captain of the Kookaburras, two World Cup titles, three Commonwealth Games gold medals and being named International Player of the Year for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Alyce Burnett: Kayak

QAS4Schools Ambassador Alyce Burnett

QAS4Schools Ambassador Alyce Burnett

Alyce made her Olympic debut in the sport of kayaking at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the K2 500m event. At just 24 years of age, Alyce partnered with Alyssa Bull and gave it their all in a world class final. They may have finished outside the medals, but competing in an Olympic final was a huge achievement in itself.

Alyce has also been a member of two Australian junior teams, three Australian U23 teams and six Australian Senior teams. An accomplished business woman away from the water, Alyce is a Digital Media Strategist working with small and medium sized businesses developing online content and marketing strategies.

Blake Cochrane: Swimming

QAS4Schools Ambassador Blake Cochrane

QAS4Schools Ambassador Blake Cochrane

Blake is a three-time Paralympian having made his debut at the 2008 Paralympic Games while he was in year 12 at high school. He secured a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke SB7 event. He has held several world records throughout his career both in individual events and relays, returning home from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as a silver medallist.

A keen swimmer from the get-go, Blake loves the water and while he is extremely competitive in the pool, he also unwinds by enjoying diving with sea life when he can. He also recently completed a degree in sport and exercise science at the University of Sunshine Coast.

The Program Ambassadors join an impressive group of athletes from across 16 different sports, including:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Boxing
  • Canoe and Para-Canoe
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Men’s and Women’s Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Synchronised Swimming
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Men’s and Women’s Water Polo
Last updated
8 June 2017