Industry AMBASSADORS

A unique aspect of SEDA College Victoria is the key relationships the college has with a number of high-profile experts currently working within the sport and recreation industry.

SEDA College Victoria’s Industry Ambassadors enhance your overall educational experience as they deliver sessions that reflect their experiences in the sporting industry. This allows you to learn from industry experts to further develop your industry specific skills, while gaining valuable insight about the attitudes and behaviors that have made our ambassadors so successful.

SIMON HELMOT

Beginning his coaching career at an early age of 25, Simon Helmot has ascended to the elite level of coaching. In 2007, Helmot took up the role as Victoria’s High Performance Manager and coached the Australia A side that visited India in 2008. In the 2011/12 season, Helmot was appointed the Head Coach of the Melbourne Renegades in the newly formed Big Bash League, leading the side to a minor premiership in the 2012-13 season. In 2015, Helmot finished up his coaching at the Melbourne Renegades and is currently the Assistant Coach at the Hobart Hurricanes.

MELISSA HICKEY

Starting her AFLW career as a marquee player and vice-captain for the Melbourne Football Club, Hickey demonstrated her talent and was listed in the 2017 All-Australian team. Her 2018 Season came to an unexpected end when rupturing her ACL in the round 6 clash against Carlton. More recently, Hickey signed with Geelong FC for the 2019 AFLW season, and was named the Inaugural captain of the Cats in the newly expanded competition. The 34-year-old has footy in her blood; her grandfather’s cousin was Geelong legend Reg Hickey, a captain and coach of premiership teams in the 1930s and 1950s, and her great great uncle was Pat Hickey, a member of Fitzroy’s 1898 and 1899 premiership teams.

CHRIS ANSTEY

At 213 centimeters tall, Chris Anstey is an Australian Basketball legend. Playing over 700 games in his professional career, Anstey’s major achievements include three NBL Championships (twice as Captain), two Olympic Games, as well as competing in America, Russia, and Spain throughout his 17-year career. Selected as pick number 18 in the 1997 NBA draft, Anstey played over 155 games in the league. Competing in Europe for several years Anstey returned to Australia in 2001 to play for the Victoria Titans in the NBL, and ultimately retire from playing at the conclusion of the 2009–10 NBL season. Turning to coaching in 2012, Anstey was appointed Head Coach of the Melbourne Tigers, serving a total of 2 seasons with the club.

MELISSA BARBIERI

Having represented the Matildas on 84 occasions as a goalkeeper, Barbieri played her first international match in Canada in 2002 and quickly became the backbone of the national team. Her career highlights include winning the Asian Cup in 2010 and playing in a 4th world cup after giving birth to her daughter, Holly. She was also named 2 x W-League keeper of the year. Barbieri currently holds the record for the most number of clean sheets for the Westfield Matildas with 34 at the international level. Having retired from international football in 2015, Barbieri now plays for Melbourne City in the W-League.


CLINT MCKAY

A smart seam bowler who produced his best in limited overs cricket, Mckay made his ODI debut in 2009 where he claimed the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. Weeks later he was capped the 412th player to play test cricket for Australia. He claimed his first 5-wicket haul in 2010 and was named Australia’s ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2013. He also took a hat-trick against England in the same year. Now retired, Mckay captains the Essendon Cricket Club who competes in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition.