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Our Ambassadors

Engaging and inspiring young people
 
Student Horizons Ambassadors play an important role in promoting the organisation, our mission, our promise and our values to the wider community. They have achieved so much on the world stage and are committed to sharing their wealth of experience with the students and teachers who travel with us – and inspiring the next generation to embrace dynamic learning experiences and challenge themselves beyond Australia and New Zealand.
 
Our Ambassadors agree that by developing students’ awareness of the world we live in through experiential learning we can go some way to raising their aspirations, and help to enhance their lives:
 
Student Horizons current Ambassadors include:
Donna Dyson
Donna Dyson

Student Horizons is founded on challenging, discovering and achieving and Donna Dyson has spent her academic life advocating such values.  In her roles as a Teacher, Education Leader, Academic Dean, University Lecturer, Researcher, Academic Consultant and prolifically Published Author, she has touched lives and inspired others to contribute with knowledge, heart and enthusiasm.

Most recently Donna was named the Australian Songwriter of the Year, also winning the Australian Song of the Year, Spirit of Australia. She is a highly sort after Choral Composer, and Contemporary Songwriter spanning multiple genres. As an Australian Composer, Donna recently travelled to the an International Music Festival in Vienna and Prague to support The Glennie School Choir who commissioned her choral contribution for their tour. She believes, Music tours and international competitions form a magnificent global classroom, forging cultural sensitivity, new friendships and planting seeds for potential university options in each student.

Donna is an advocate for broad educational experiences, stating: “We must enthuse, empower and equip our students to be informed and inspired global thinkers - hungry to contribute with skill, talent and heart.  Student Horizons tick these boxes and I am honoured to be a part of their team”.

Danny Morseu
Danny Morseu

Danny Morseu is an Australian basketball player who played on the Australian Basketball Team in the 1980 Summer Olympics and 1984 Summer Olympics.

Danny played for the Australian team at the 1980 Summer Olympics, where Australia finished eighth, and at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where Australia finished seventh, their best Olympic result to that date. He was the first Torres Strait Islander born and bred in the Torres Strait to represent Australia at the Olympic Games. He also played twelve world cup matches for Australia.

A Torres Strait Islander he spent his childhood in Tamwoy, a mission on Thursday Island, where he grew up without running water or electricity. He started playing basketball at school and despite being cut from his primary school team, he developed into a tall, talented teenage athlete. After completing school, he moved to Cairns where he played basketball and rugby league for local teams.

Danny attracted the attention of National Basketball League coach Brian Kerle after playing a match against Kerle's club, the Melbourne-based St Kilda Saints – on a tour of North Queensland.  Kerle convinced Danny to move to Melbourne in 1977, where he played in St Kilda's NBL championship-winning team of 1979 and 1980.  He played 217 NBL games in total, winning another NBL championship with the Brisbane Bullets in 1987

Danny has been employed in a range of activities for state and federal governments in Victoria, Queensland, and the ACT, including working in Indigenous Sport and Recreation programs. He has acted as a mentor for other indigenous basketball players such as Nathan Jawai and Patty Mills.

Danny has recently set up the National Indigenous Basketball Academy in Canberra with a long term vision of assisting more indigenous basketball players  making it to play for Australia and in the  CBA and NBL.

StudentHorizons Ambassador DuaneMann
Duane Mann

Former New Zealand Kiwi and Tongan Captain.
 
Duane began a professional career in rugby league back in 1989 with British heavy weights Warrington. He returned home in 1995 as a member of the Warriors inaugural team in the Australian Winfield Cup.
 
During this time he also played 29 test matches for the Kiwis and went on to become captain in 1994. Duane also has the distinction of being a player and captain for two countries as he captained Tonga in both the 1995 and 2000 rugby league World Cups.
 
Over recent years Duane has established a coaching, teaching and administration career working as a High Performance Director with the RL Foundation and has also worked along side the Vodafone Warriors as their Junior Development Coach.
 
Duane currently works as a Coaching Development Manager across the Greater Auckland Region. The focus is to improve coaching structures and the coaching process within regional sport organisations, clubs and schools.
 
Duane also has strong communication skills working with Sky TV as both a commentator and presenter.

Jason Barry-Smith
Jason Barry-Smith

Jason Barry-Smith’s study in Brisbane, Munich, London and Rome led him to a singing career where he’s a familiar and commanding presence on the Australian operatic  stage, and is equally in demand as a singing teacher, conductor, and arranger. 
 
With 39 opera and music theatre roles in his repertoire, Jason is an exceptionally versatile performer who is a firm favorite with Australian audiences. He has performed premieres of operas, musicals, and concert works with symphony orchestras in Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, and New Zealand, as well as with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, and operas all around Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Japan. Many of these performances have been captured on CD and DVD.
 
As a musical director and chorus master, Jason has contributed to music theatre productions such as Into the Woods, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and The Merry Widow. He’s also conducted and arranged for some of Australia’s best loved artists as musical director of the nationally televised Christmas spectaculars, The Lord Mayor’s Carols (2005) and Carols in the City (2011 to 2013).
 
In 2014, Jason took on the role of Creative Director for the critically-acclaimed Project Puccini – an Opera Queensland initiative in which regional Queensland performers became the chorus members for a professional production of La Boheme; and is following it up again in 2016 with Project Rossini – The Barber of Seville.
 
Jason is also a much admired singing teacher, and many of his students are currently starring in shows around Australia, on the West End, and on Broadway. He has held the postitions of Sessional Singing Teacher at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and Director – Young and Developing Artist Program at Opera Queensland.

"I'm truly honoured to be an Ambassador for Student Horizons, a company that I've only been introduced to recently, which is passionate about making a real difference to students' lives through high-level international experiences. I have been blessed with the many extraordinary opportunities I've had to study and work overseas, and Student Horizons understands the incomparable value of these kinds of possibilities for young people and their futures.”

StudentHorizons Ambassador JennyBindon
Jenny Bindon

Former Football Ferns goalkeeper and two time Olympian.
 
Born in Illinois, Jenny Bindon moved to New Zealand with now-husband Grant Bindon who she met at Lewis University where they were both athletes. Mother of one, Bindon lists among her most memorable moments a shout of “go Mommy!” from son Tyler as she was running out of the tunnel for a match against Japan at the Beijing Olympics – a match New Zealand drew 2-2 to gain the first ever Olympic football result for a New Zealand team.
 
One of a select group of Football Ferns to play 50 times or more ‘A’ internationals, Bindon is also the first and only goalkeeper (male or female) to achieve that mark. In recent seasons, Bindon has been playing for a men’s team north of Auckland.

Student Horizons Ambassador Grace Neale
Grace Neale

Grace Neale is a Mezzo-soprano soloist, currently completing her postgraduate degree in Performance Voice at Auckland University. Grace completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music conjoint degree in 2014, majoring in Performance Voice, Psychology and Art History. Making regular appearances as a soloist, Grace has experience in performing both as a soloist and as a chorister. Grace is a current member of Voices New Zealand as one of the top 16 choral singers in the country, under the direction of Dr. Karen Grylls. Travelling the world with Voices New Zealand and other choral groups has given Grace the opportunity to perform in some of the most sought after venues in the world such as St Paul’s Cathedral, London and The Musikverein, Vienna.

As the director of two high school choirs and through her experience as a private singing tutor, she has gained a passion for teaching and inspiring young and artistic minds. Grace strongly believes in the importance of choral music within schools and communities to bring people together in a safe and artistic space.

StudentHorizons Ambassador BillyGammon
Billy Gammon

Ocean Expedition Rower
As part of a four-man team Billy successfully rowed 81 days across the Indian Ocean and most recently he was one of six men in a successful rowing expedition to the 1996 Magnetic North Pole.
 
Both expeditions took years of planning and preparation and were full of incredible highs and lows. They provided different experiences, new memories and life changing achievements. The‘Old Pulteney Row to the Pole’ expedition was particularly special as it presented Billy with the amazing opportunity to be part of one of the few remaining maritime world firsts!

StudentHorizons Ambassador JamesBannatyne
James Bannatyne

Former All White and current New Zealand U17's Goalkeepers Coach.
 
James Bannatyne is a goalkeeper who represented New Zealand at international level and played for the Football Kingz in the National Soccer League. Bannatyne made his full All Whites debut in a 2-0 win over Cook Islands on 18 June 2001.
 
He was included in the New Zealand squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, along with fellow non-professionals Aaron Scott and Andrew Barron.

Meet one of our Ambassadors:


Billy Gammon is an Ocean Rower and one of the Student Horizons Ambassadors
 
Billy embodies Student Horizons’ mission. Through his awe-inspiring and successful ocean rowing achievements he has faced mammoth physical challenges and in doing so discovered much about himself and others.
 
“It gives me great pleasure to act as an Ambassador for Student Horizons, an organisation that undoubtedly understands the critical importance of overseas dynamic learning experiences in youth development. I have been hugely fortunate in the expeditions I have completed and I have learnt so much on the journeys undertaken. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my stories and help to inspire Kiwi students to take on challenges, discover other parts of the globe and achieve more.”
 
Billy Gammon

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