Dr Andrew Rochford
Dr Andrew Rochford is an Emergency Registrar at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital. He was motivated to become a DrinkWise Ambassador because of what he had seen in the emergency department – kids sometimes as young as 14, drinking ridiculous, alarming amounts of alcohol putting their lives at risk.
Dr Rochford is a Graduate of The University of Sydney Medical School (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery), completing the graduate medical program with honours; and also holds a Bachelors Degree in Medical Science from the University of Sydney, majoring in Anatomy and Neuroscience. His specific medical interests include Trauma, Critical Care and Preventative Medicine.
John Bertrand was skipper of Australia II, winner of the America’s Cup in 1983. The victory broke 132 years of American domination and as a result, broke the longest running sports record in modern sporting history. A former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist in Montreal (1976), John represented Australia in five Americas Cups (1970, 74, 80, 83 and 95) and two Olympic Games (1972 and 1976). Within the America’s Cup, he was involved in all aspects of operations within the America’s Cup, from skipper of Australia II to Chairman of One Australia.
He is now Chairman of television production and distribution company World Wide Entertainment and is Chairman of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Robert de Castella
Robert de Castella ran his first marathon in 1979 when he won the Victorian Championship and won the national title later in the year. He was the Australian Cross Country Champion in 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1988. In 1981, he won his first major marathon when he won the Fukuoka marathon in Japan, regarded as the unofficial world title, running 2:8:18 secs, five seconds off the world’s best time.
In 1980 de Castella made the Olympic team to Moscow where he finished tenth in the marathon. He was unable to sustain the winning sequence at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and finished a gallant fifth. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, he finished 8th. De Castella overcame the heat of Brisbane in 1982 to win Commonwealth Games gold, and won gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He looked invincible in 1983, winning the Rotterdam Marathon classic in April and the World Championship marathon in Helsinki four months later. He repeated the result at Rotterdam in 1991. He also won the Boston marathon in 1986.
Liz Ellis retired from top-level netball in 2007 immediately after leading Australia to a world Championship victory over new Zealand.
It was a fitting ending for a playing career that included four World Championship victories and two journeys onto the dais to receive Commonwealth Games gold medals. She had captained Australia since 2004 and only an untimely knee injury prevented her being part of the side which won Commonwealth Games gold in 2006.
After a knee reconstruction she fought back, at the age of 33, to play a key role in Australia’s 2007 World Championship victory.
Her contribution to the game at a domestic level was equally great. She was named Australian netball’s Most Valued Player in 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2006 and led her Sydney Swifts side to premierships in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007.
She has also played a significant role in developing a new generation of talent through the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics which she founded in 1997.
A talented junior netballer, Lis Ellis was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport when she completed High School in NSW, but while honing her netball skills she also completed a law degree and was admitted to the NSW bar in 1998.
She became a member of the Australian Under-21 team in 1992 and the following year was selected in the senior side. She remained a regular member of the Australian team for the next 15 years becoming in the process the most capped player in Australian netball history.
Susie O’Neil is one of Australia’s most successful swimmers. She was a dominant influence in Australian swimming since she first rose to prominence at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Susie never came home from an international competition without a medal, a stretch from 1990 to 2000.
During her career, Susie won an astonishing 35 Australian Open Swimming Championships – the most by an Australian. In her favoured event, the 200m Butterfly Susie broke the Australian record on eight occasions, the Commonwealth record six times and the world record once. On the 17th May in Sydney in 2000 Susie broke the 200m Butterfly world record that had stood for 19 years with a time of 2:05.81secs.
Susie was the fist Australian female swimming Olympic gold medallist since 1980 and was the first Australian female ever to win the 200m Butterfly. At the 1996 Atlanta Games Susie came home with a gold in the 200m Butterfly, a silver in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay, and a bronze in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. She was Australia’s most outstanding performer since Shane Gould in 1972.
At the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Susie affirmed herself as one of Australia’s all time greats, winning one gold in the 200m Freestyle and three silvers in the 200m Butterfly, 4 x 100m Medley Relay and 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. Susie had won eight Olympic medals, equalling Dawn Fraser’s Australian record.
Nicknamed the ‘Superfish’, Kieren Perkins is one of Australia’s greatest distance swimmers. He broke 11 world records and is the first person in history to hold the Olympic, world, Commonwealth and Pan Pacific titles simultaneously. He broke over 40 Australian records during a career spanning from 1989 to 2000.
He began swimming regularly at age eight as part of his rehabilitation from a serious leg injury (after running through a plate glass window). At age 13 his potential became obvious, and with coach John Carew guiding him he first came to notice at the Australian championships of 1989. He finished 2nd in the 1500m in 15:19.94 (behind Glen Houseman who broke the world record) and made the team for the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games, where he swam in his first international meet, at the age of just 16. His coach predicted he would swim under 15 minutes in the 1500m. Nobody would believe it, but Perkins swam 14:58.08 to become only the 3rd person to break the 15-minute barrier. He is still the youngest person to break 15 minutes.
At the 1991 World Championships in Perth, Perkins and German Jorg Hoffman fought a fascinating dual at below world record pace. They were stroke for stroke the entire time but the more experienced Hoffman out turned Perkins and won by a few hundredths of a second in 14:50.38. It was a new world record. Perkins went 14:50.58 which was also way under the previous world record.
At the 1991 Pan Pacs he broke the 800m freestyle world record, then in April 1992 it was at the Olympic trials where he broke the 400m and 1500m freestyle world records.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Perkins competed in his first Olympic final, the 400m. He swam too cautiously allowing Russian Evgeny Sadovyi to beat him by .004 of a second to take silver in 3:45.16. But in the 1500m Perkins never looked back. It was predicted this would be the big showdown between Perkins and Hoffman in a repeat of the 1991 World Championships, but in reality, it was just a display of Perkins’ superiority. He led the whole way and Hoffman finished 18 seconds behind. The crowd went crazy as Perkins swam to victory in a world record time of 14:43.48. Perkins was the Australian team flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the Games.
In 1993 Perkins broke the short course world records for the 800m and 1500m, and won three gold medals at the Pan Pacs. In 1993 Perkins was an integral member of the Australian delegation sent to Monaco to bid for the 2000 Olympics. He and the bid team were successful and Sydney went on to host the Games.
At the 1994 Victoria (Canada) Commonwealth Games, he won the 200m (1:49.31), 400m (3:45.77), 1500m (14:41.66) and the 4x200m relay. Every race he entered he not only won, but won it in a new world or games record. In the 1500m he broke not only the 1500m world record (14:41.66) but also the 800m world record in the same swim (7:46.00).
Just two weeks later Perkins went to the World Championships, and despite being unwell, won the 400m in world record time (3:43.80) treating it like a sprint event. He won the event by a larger margin that anyone else in World Championships history. Perkins battled high temperatures and nausea, but still managed to win the 1500m in 14:50, yet another world record. His 400m and 1500m world records made that year stood until 1999 and 2001 respectively, broken by fellow Australians Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett. His performances in 1994 earned him the Male World Swimmer of the Year award from the Swimming World magazine.
His final year of preparation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics was hampered by illness, injury, distraction, unaccountable loss of form and an understandable faltering of self-confidence. The champion who had seemed invincible, who still held world records for the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle, suddenly found himself battling to win a spot in the Olympic team. At the Olympic trials he failed to qualify for the 200m, then the 400m, but scraped into the 1500m behind Daniel Kowalski. For two weeks after the trials Perkins was so lethargic he could not train.
In Atlanta, Perkins continued to struggle, suffering stomach cramps that inhibited his turns, costing him 10 seconds, he squeezed into the final as slowest qualifier. If he’d been a few hundredths of a second slower he wouldn’t have made the final at all. On the final night he looked down on the pool and told himself: “I’m in lane eight. It’s the same water as the rest of the pool. I’ve just got to get in there and do it”. Written off by the media and not expected to medal, Perkins proved everyone wrong, clocking 14:56.40 to win gold by 15m. His against the odds victory to claim back to back gold medals remains one of Australia’s highest ever television ratings events.
After his Atlanta triumph, some commentators were surprised when Perkins decided to continue competing, particularly as the rise of Grant Hackett, yet another Australian distance swimmer, made it seem unlikely that Perkins could win again. Perkins had competed at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, winning bronze in the 1500m in 15:03.00. However, the lure of Sydney 2000 was too great and Perkins competed in the 1500m, winning silver behind Hackett in a respecatable 14:53.59. This made him the first person in history to win three consecutive Olympic medals in the 1500m and the 4th man in history to win two gold and one silver in the one swimming event.
Since his retirement, he has occasionally worked in the broadcast media. He is a current board member of Swimming Australia.
Perkins was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1993 for service to sport as a gold medallist in the 1500m freestyle event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
In a career that lasted from 1991 to 1994, Sue Stanley single handedly took sport aerobics from the health clubs of Australia to the world stage when she was crowned World Sport Aerobics Champion on three consecutive occasions. This outstanding record remains untouched.
So dominant was Sue within sport aerobics that she was undefeated both at a national and international level for four years. Amassing an amazing 35 consecutive wins, including three World Championship titles, numerous international titles and eight Australian Championships, Sue Stanley is undoubtedly the queen of sport aerobics both in Australia and around the world.