Alumni supporting men’s health
The month of November saw 50 alumni who collectively represented a >50 year span of Ivanhoe Grammar School graduates, actively support men’s health online and in person. From donning a fake moustache for the OIG Movember ‘Mug Shot’ awareness-raising campaign, to growing a real mo and raising hundreds of dollars individually for the important work of the Movember Foundation, there was no shortage of support from our Old Ivanhoe community. The Men’s Health Forum held on Thursday 10 November at The Ridgeway Campus, involved the Global Research Lead for the Movember Foundation, Mark Buzza ’90 inform an audience of 70 (mostly) alumni, current and past parents about the initiatives and projects around mitigating and managing prostate and testicular cancer, as well as addressing various mental health issues and the prevalence of suicide. It was wonderful to have alumna Molly Hyndman nee Trouse ’03 – Movember’s PR Manager – at this Forum who furthered Movember’s key messages and raised $450 worth of Mo merchandise too! The Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association applauds the alumni who individually participated in the Movember campaign, and to mark this commitment the Association proudly made a donation of $480 in recognition of the following alumni efforts: Keith Wilkinson ’66, Matthew Aitchison ’90, Mark Buzza ’90, Anthony McKay ’94, Mark Begbie ’98, Scott Curatolo ’00, Scott Weston ’03, Shayne Marshall ’03, Saul Smith ’03, Jamie Hyndman ’03, Nick Stecher ’04, Jake Dempsey ’04, Molly Hyndman ’05, Michael Bacskos ’09, Adam Veli ’10 and Nathaniel Karam ’13.
World championships - Mitch Bodycoat ‘04
3 minute thesis winner - Nathaniel Swain ‘07
Superstar - Alice Teague-Neeld ‘14
Dream job - James Minas ‘03
Olympian - Richard Merjan ’06
French legion of Honour - Jack Down ‘40
Ironman - Jordon Risstrom ‘95
Soccer wizard - Joey Katebian ‘13
OIG Netball champions
Everest base camp - Mark Squirrell '89
Claire Waterman nee rowan ‘00
World championships - Mitch Bodycoat ‘04We applaud Mitch Bodycoat and his team ‘Rapid Ascent’ for finishing 35th out of 99 teams who competed in the World Adventure Race Championships. The race requires each team to travel the entire course together, while never being more than 50 meters apart. Mitch and his team kayaked, mountain biked, trekked, pack-rafted and caved their way through 14 gruelling legs in the Shoalhaven region of NSW, whist navigating without digital aids, day and night to reach 60 check points along the course. Mitch and his team completed the race in 137 hours which is almost 6 days of racing which included only 12 hours of sleep – an enormous feat and supported by the OIGA.
3 minute thesis winner - Nathaniel Swain ‘07Nathaniel recently competed in the 3 Minute Thesis competition. Having won the Melbourne University Final, he competed in the ASIA PACIFIC GRAND FINAL at the University of Queensland on Friday 30 September. Nathaniel presented his thesis "Teenage Crime - Making Sense of It" and was announced as the RUNNER-UP in the field of 50 top PhD students from the leading universities across the Asia-Pacific region.
Superstar - Alice Teague-Neeld ‘14Alice, a star goal attack for the Melbourne Vixens will be one of Collingwood’s inaugural signings for the new eight-team domestic AFL competition starting in February 2017. To keep her options open beyond the sporting fields, this trailblazer is also completing a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. What a wonderful role model Alice is for our students and alumni!
Dream job - James Minas ‘03An exceptional achievement by every measure, but particularly exciting for this Disney fan - James Minas composed the majority of the music for Disney’s new trailer ‘Beauty and the Beast’. This Hollywood production boasts stars such as Emma Watson and Ewan McGregor and will be in theatres on March 17, 2017. Congratulations to James and his business partner Lydia Davies for continuing to achieve such notoriety through their business KUDU Sounds, which focuses primarily on creating customised music for moving image and live projects.
Olympian - Richard Merjan ’06Congratulations to canoeist Richard who competed in Rio with the Lebanese Olympic team. With remarkable focus and holding dual citizenship via his father, Richard has travelled to the world’s slalom venues for the last decade competing for Lebanon. Interestingly, this is the first time Lebanon has ever made the Olympics in this category!
French legion of Honour - Jack Down ‘40Jack was recently recognised by the French Government for his commitment during WW2 as an RAAF Lancaster Bomber pilot by being awarded the French Legion of Honour. The award pays tribute to WW2 veterans who risked their lives for the liberation of France. Geoff Brown and Astrida Cooper visited Jack at home to see his award and wonderfully detailed scrap books compiled throughout his life
Ironman - Jordon Risstrom ‘95World-class athlete, Jordon Risstrom successfully completed an Ironman Triathlon in Mallocra, Spain in October. The gruelling event requires a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and a 42km run through the Spanish coastline made up of pristine sand beaches, steep cliffs and secluded coves of great beauty. Jordon completed this mammoth event in a staggering 11 hours and 40 minutes which is an extraordinary effort! Well done on behalf of the Association.
Soccer wizard - Joey Katebian ‘13You might recognise this name as a Melbourne Victory forward and captain of the Club’s Youth Squad, but Joey’s commitment and passion for soccer has taken him to the sunny state of Queensland where he now plays with Brisbane Roar in the A-League. Whilst excited to see where his professional football career takes him, Joey also dreams of one day opening up a Harry Potter themed café in Melbourne.
OIG Netball championsBIG congratulations to the Old Ivanhoe Netball team ‘Storm’ who played in Division 1B and defeated Alphington Netball Club Thrashers by 2 points (33-31) in the Grand-final on Thursday 1 December! All players contributed to a nail-biting, high standard of netball game and waved the Old Ivanhoe flag proudly throughout the season. A special mention to Emily Coen ’10 who was arguably Player of the Match. Thank-you to Coach Lauren Burge ’09 for all her support and leading the OIGNC team Storm and Wildcats superbly in 2016.
Everest base camp - Mark Squirrell '89Global Frontline will be leading a group of 15 trekkers to Everest Base Camp (EBC) in April 2017. You could well be a part of the team and tick off one of the bigger items on your bucket list. You will be supported and mentored by Mark "Squiz" Squirrell (Class of 89) for the duration of the time that you spend in Nepal. Squiz lived, worked and climbed in Nepal during 2004-6 and has returned on three occasions since. You are in safe hands. He has successfully climbed two mountains (Island Peak and Ama Dablam) that lie along the route to EBC, as well as summited Everest itself. All standards of fitness are welcome to enquire. Trip dates are 14th-28th April. More information can be found by contacting Squiz on 0400300786 or by clicking the link bellow.
Claire Waterman nee rowan ‘00On the 12th of September Claire was awarded a Highly Commended in the Excellence in Policing Category at the Australian Council of Women in Policing Awards (ACWAP). Claire received this for her work in Victoria for leading a number of programs and projects to improve the safety of women and children’s lives in Victoria, particularly those affected by family violence, child abuse and sexual assault.
International star - Jack Reid ‘13
OIGs at Macpherson Kelley
150 games and counting - Michael Saunders ‘03
Rebecca Styring nee Morton ‘00
Sold-out Stand-up - George Dimarelos ‘04
Chief Geek - Steven Nicholson ‘99
A new partnership has emerged - Zoe Koulouris '09
Upstanding Kids - Peter Parker '89
All Star Kids - Tim Walsh '04