News: Australia Day Ambassador Visits Town

Catch up with the former NRL footballer Corey Payne at the Australia Day celebrations in Tennant Creek.

Posted: Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Corey Payne is mainly known for his talent as an NRL footballer with the Canterbury Bulldogs. However, it is his passion for getting high school kids in southwest Sydney to university that has brought him a different kind of recognition when he was named NSW Young Australian of the Year in 2013.
Corey is the founder and Executive Chairman of Future Direction Network, a not-for-profit organisation that provides scholarships, mentoring and career advice to young people who might not otherwise make it to university.
FDN works with schools and universities to deliver ambition and aspiration building programs, information evenings as well as mentoring and financial support to students from western Sydney.
In 2013, FDN was granted $500,000 from the Federal Government and $72,000 from the State Government to continue with its mission of helping more kids attend university.
Further to this, Corey was a awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to conduct global research into organisations that use the power of sport to engage youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue their education.
Lastly, Corey is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BCom 2007) and is in his final year of a Master of Commerce, also at the University of Sydney. Corey was the University of Sydney Young Alumni Award recipient in 2011 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, completing the Company Directors Course (2009) and the NFP Chairman's course (2012).
You can catch up with Corey during the Australia Day celebrations.
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