Usman Khawaja needs little introduction to cricketfans and supporters all over the world.
The Pakistani-born Australian cricketer and qualified pilot has become one of the most recognisable sports people on the planet. A left handed top order batsman, Khawaja became the first Muslim and first Pakistani-born Australian to receive an Australian Cricket Test baggy green cap.
Khawaja played his first test in 2011 against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground and since then has become a leading light in the Australian Test Team. Born in Pakistan, Usman moved to Australia with his family as a young boy and grew up in Sydney. Usman studied at the University of NSW and graduated with an Aviation Degree and a commercial pilot license.
Usman’s talent, perseverance and leadership qualities have been recognised with his appointment as Captain of Queensland for the past six seasons. Usman is currently under contract for Sydney Thunder, Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia. Usman is a role model for young Australian’s and a global cricket superstar. He has represented Australia in all three forms of the game – Tests, One Day and T20 Internationals.
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Dean Boxall showed the world what it means to be a coach. In a swimming race fit for the history books, viral footage showed him reeling with ecstatic pride as his protégé, Ariarne Titmus, won the gold.
Described as the Steve Irwin of swimming, Dean has spent the last two decades training elite athletes, including Mitch Larkin, Clyde Lewis and Jack Cartwright, priming them for greatness from a young age.
The South African born coach’s natural ability to push his recruits to their limits has won Australia a mounting booty of medals and records. With his undying enthusiasm and electric personality, only the hungriest for gold can withstand Boxall’s famous military-style training.
While his freestyle coaching technique and deep intuition for the sport makes him a renowned teacher, the Head Coach of esteemed St Peters Western has received many accolades of his own, including 2019 Australian Coach of the Year and 2020 Australian Age and Youth Coach of the Year.
In a league of her own, Australian netballer Laura Scherian plays for Suncorp’s Super Netball and stars for the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Her stellar career began in 2007 for the Canberra Darters, before being selected by the Queensland Firebirds in 2010.
Her attacking prowess on the court skyrocketed by the time she was signed to the Sunshine Coast Lightning in 2017, where she has proved herself to be an invaluable player and teammate in the midcourt.
With an indestructible work ethic and training standards higher than the net, Scherian’s reputation on the court is backed by cunning agility and speed, seeing her representing Australia in the Fast5 World Series in 2018 and the Australian Diamond’s 2019 Constellation Cup.
But Laura Scherian’s ambitions surpass her achievements as a current netball league player. Laura is also a passionate cook and holds a degree in naturopathy. A keen interest in health and community has seen her contribute to the Confident Girls Foundation Program and the Unitywater Local Legends Awards.