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.
Introducing SEDA College Victoria’s Industry Ambassadors for 2017:
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.
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.
In her 2014 debut season, Liz Watson was called into the Australian Diamonds Squad proving herself as a powerful and aggressive centre player. Later that year, Watson went on to become a premiership player for the Melbourne Vixens, securing herself as a key member within the squads starting seven.
In 2017, Liz was appointed joint vice-captain of the Melbourne Vixens, going into her fourth season with the club. In addition to playing netball at a professional level, Liz also studies a Bachelor of Primary School Teaching at Australian Catholic University, heavily valuing the education side of her life.
Melbourne Victory legend and former Socceroos star, Archie Thompson is one of the A-League greats. Newly appointed as an Ambassador for Melbourne Victory FC, the courageous striker is an icon of the football club and still holds the world record for number of goals scored in an international fixture.
Thompson made his first international appearance for Australia in February 2001, going on to play 54 matches with the team, as well as scoring an impressive 28 international goals.
After 11 seasons and 90 goals with the club, Thompson ended his time as a player with Melbourne Victory in 2016.
Mitch played under-18 football for the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup before being recruited by West Coast with the 16th pick overall in the 2006 National Draft. He made his debut for West Coast in round one of the 2007 season, and played 94 games for the club. Officially retiring from AFL football at the end of the 2016 season, Mitch announced he had signed with St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club in the VAFA, relocating to Melbourne to complete his studies and pursue a career in Youth Work.
A former A-League Captain at Melbourne City FC, Patrick Kisnorbo is a veteran defender on the soccer field. Kisnorbo began his career in the NSL with South Melbourne as a teenage center-half, moving to the Scottish Premier League club, Hearts in 2003. Playing over 350 matches in the National Soccer League, Scottish Premier League and English Championship, Kisnorbo’s great experience at the elite level has allowed him to seamlessly transition into his role of Head Coach for the Melbourne City Youth Side. In 2016, Kisnorbo announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35, playing 76 games with Melbourne City FC.