Macquarie Sports 2017 Annual Review

Participation in sport plays an important role in the development of children and communities. The social, health and lifestyle benefits associated with sport shouldn’t be limited to those who can afford to participate. Macquarie Sports removes this barrier to participation in sport by providing free clinics to a wide range of communities around the country.

Utilising high profile sports people as ambassadors for the program, the aim is to inspire and motivate those participating. Macquarie Sports has directly reached over 200,000 children since 1999. 


children participated in 2017.


community events held in 2017.


children have participated since 1999.


scholarship students since 2004. 

Welcome to the Macquarie Sports 2017 Annual Review

For many children in remote, regional and marginalised communities, opportunities to be mentored by high profile sports people are often limited. Macquarie Sports aims to make these encounters possible. The purpose of these interactions is to inspire and motivate the children, while also leaving them with important life messages around team work, discipline, healthy eating and fitness.

Sport plays a unique role in developing strong communities. It has an innate ability to create a level playing field by breaking down societal barriers, promoting harmony, diversity and inclusion. Macquarie Sports recognises that all children should have access to sport. Our work represents Macquarie’s view that companies have a role to play in developing healthy communities.

Since 2004, Macquarie Sports has offered corporate scholarships to elite young athletes who have corporate career aspirations alongside their sporting goals. The scholarships provide paid work placements across the various Macquarie business groups, access to a variety of networks and resources within Macquarie and ongoing casual employment opportunities within the Macquarie Sports program.

Over 50 young sportspeople transitioned through the scholarship program with several going on to find full time positions within Macquarie Group.

In 2017, Macquarie Sports held 27 community events around Australia, across eight sports, reaching 5,318 children. Clinics were run in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Macquarie Sports’ key objectives are to:

Benefit children across communities through the delivery of high quality sporting clinics.

Partner with grassroots sporting organisations to enhance their capacity.

Convey Macquarie’s commitment to the local communities in which it operates.

2017 Participation

2017 Macquarie Sports Committee


Stephen Cook – Executive Director, Macquarie Corporate Asset Finance

Justin Crawford – Executive Director, Macquarie Securities Group

Lisa George – Global Head, Macquarie Group Foundation

Tony Graham – Executive Director, Banking and Financial Services

Antony Green – Executive Director, Macquarie Capital

Catherine Matthews – Manager, Banking and Financial Services

Kris Neill – Executive Director, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations

Guy Reynolds AO (Chair) – Executive Director, Commodities and Global Markets

Mura Ryan – Executive Director, Corporate Operations Group

Macquarie Sports Management:

Chris McKenzie – Senior Manager, Macquarie Sports

Special programs

Tiwi Ashes

Macquarie Sports continued its eight year association with the Tiwi College, hosting the school’s ninth annual sports day in October. The Macquarie Sports team included three current Macquarie Sports Scholarships holders, Jessica Widarma (golf), Nick Wilkinson (rugby) and Sophie Jerapetrits (rowing), along with two members of the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants women’s AFL team, Louise Stephenson and Pepa Randall.

Macquarie Sports Scholarships

The Macquarie Sports Scholarship program has been in place since 2004 and has provided more than 50 young athletes with the necessary experiences and opportunities to pursue both their sporting and career goals.

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