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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:
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.

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!

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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