|High School||Jeremy Mackay|
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School Tennis Captain - Ivanhoe Grammar School
UTR Singles 9.81
UTR Doubles 10.06
I am currently my high school's Music Captain and Tennis Captain, and I am honoured to be acknowledged for leadership in these two areas and to be able to share my passion and help and mentor other students.
I have studied and worked as assistant coach outside school to achieve the formal certification in Tennis Coaching and I am currently coaching and mentoring young children through tennis. I am helping children develop not only their tennis skills, but build resilience, team-work skills, kindness and strategic thinking as life-long and transferable skills.
In secondary school I was elected the Library Leader, leading by example to motivate students to read more. I recommended books to students based on their ability and interests and discussed books that I have read and made reading an exciting activity for my peers. As I was recognised around the school as a high achieving sports person, as well as the school’s top student in maths and other subjects, I could easily get other students to follow me and become interested in reading.
Last year I was the Team Manager of Banyule Men’s Section 1 tennis team, competing every Tuesday night and managing all team’s fixtures, including liaising with other team managers within the section. It was a great learning opportunity for me, as I dealt mainly with adults with extensive leadership experience, and I had been entrusted to lead the team even though I was the most junior team member in terms of age.
Leadership to me is more than just a position or a badge. It is a way of holding oneself accountable for the bettering of their community and themselves. With this, no one is born a leader, let alone a good leader. Good leadership comes from experience and from listening to those around to develop as a person, because there is always something to learn, especially when it comes to serving and leading.
I believe that good leaders are formed through experience, building on their natural abilities, to become listeners who help develop and aid those around them and create an environment that uplifts everyone around.
I believe that healthy athletes should pursue both the physical, intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing.
On the physical side, I have daily tennis training sessions, I go to the gym twice a week, I participate in competitions weekly (Men Section 1 and inter-schools Tennis Firsts), and I participate in tennis tournaments during school holidays. I have healthy eating habits, I sleep well and I participate in numerous other physical activities, such as water polo, skiing & snowboarding, soccer, badminton, swimming and bike riding.
On the intellectual side, I am a naturally curious person and I like challenges that stimulate me. I was always one of the top students in maths, I love reading, I represented my high-school in debating and book writing competitions, I participated in chess competitions at state level, and I achieved high levels of performance in music - piano AMEB Grade 6 (Australian Music Examination Board) and saxophone (I play in the high-school symphonic orchestra and various other bands, and I am currently the school Music Captain).
On the emotional and social plans, I built and maintained strong friendships over the years, I participated in music concerts, charity events, cadets camps, school musical productions (as cast), I coach tennis and I go out with friends often. I made friends and connections in all these activities, and I strongly believe that connecting with other people is the key to emotional and social wellbeing.
World's Greatest Shave - fund raising for The Leukaemia Foundation
When I was only 8 years old, my best friends’ mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a difficult time for me when I learned what cancer is, and I can only imagine how much more difficult it must have been for my friend. To show my support and be there for my friend, I participated in the World’s Greatest Shave in 2012. The event took place during the school's assembly and it had a great impact in raising awareness amongst the students and raising money to support people in need. This humbling and enriching experience has stuck with me since then, which is why I’ve decided to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave again in 2020 and 2021.
Swimming marathon - fund raising for The Berry Street
Up to the age of 12, swimming was my main sport and passion (I was top 4 swimmer in the State of Victoria). I've had the honour to participate in a fund raising event for Berry Street, an organisation established in 1877, protecting and caring for children. My contribution was a 10 kilometres swim during 24 hours, which helped raising awareness and funds for Berry Street.
Red Shield Appeal Doorknock - fund raising for The Salvation Army
Over the school years I participated in the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock events to raise funds for the Salvation Army, which will support social programs in communities across Australia and provide relief for those who experience hardship.
Write a Book in a Day - fund raising for The Kids' Cancer Project
As part of my school's Talented Writers Club, I participated multiple times in the "Write a Book in a Day" events. These are fun, creative and collaborative competitions. Teams of up to ten have just twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish. Digital editions of the completed stories are shared with hospitals across Australia. Funds raised through sponsorship go to The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity supporting childhood cancer research.
Retirement Village Support
I participated in a service program, where I provided support to the residents of a retirement village. Over the term of service, I built a close connection with the wonderful residents, played music and helped them collect photos and memories and organise them into a book. My service was highly appreciated by residents and centre management, and I was invited back, after the program has finished, to perform a piano concert at the retirement village on Christmas Eve.