About the creators of VCE help.
The creators of VCEhelp.com.au arose from the frustrations of two individuals with a unique question… Why, after 13 years of education, students still don’t receive the tools and strategies necessary to become happy, healthy and successful in life?
As a VCE student in years 1994-1995 Heath McGregor found himself working around the clock, stressed, tired and “under the pump” trying his best to juggle sport training, school, part-time work and a social life. He did attain his TER (ATAR) goals and get into his 1st university preference but the experience challenged him to find a smarter way to get the results that he dreamed of. He provides a culmination of 15 years of research, personal experience, training and teaching. He is also the co-author of 3 books relating to exam performance strategies and leadership activities.
Heath has contributed articles and VCE tips to the Herald-Sun Learn section (see VCE help media profile). He has also been a tutor for high school students and university students. Additionally, Heath is a former assessor of VCE exams and brings this wealth of experience when identifying what mistakes students are routinely making and how to avoid them.
In the sporting arena he has played volleyball at a state league level, for the Victorian Under 21 state team, and formerly the Casey Thunder in the Australian Volleyball League.
Heath currently teaches VCE Physical Education Units 3/4 and is the Pedagogy Leader of ICT at Gleneagles Secondary College in Endeavour Hills, Victoria. He is a qualified teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching for 2013.
Hannah Macdougall is a dual Paralympian, previous World Record Holder, has captained the Australian Swimming Team at both a World Championships and Paralympic Games, completed a double degree in Sport Science and Sport Management with Honours, is undertaking her PhD, and still manages to find time to locate coffee hotspots around Melbourne. Not bad for a 25 year old. Hannah was born without her right foot and fibula, an occurrence that happens to one person in every 100,000. While no reasons or answers exist for Hannah’s ‘missing bit’ (aka Stumpy), having one leg has enabled Hannah to gain many unique experiences and has in no way, shape, or form, stopped her from pursuing her goals.
Goal setting has been a part of Hannah’s life since she was nine years of age when she decided she wanted to become a Paralympian. After receiving mentoring and guidance from Paralympian Don Elgin, Hannah set her sights on representing Australia at the Paralympics and claiming a Paralympic gold medal. Since this time, Hannah has been on an extraordinary journey filled with both many obstacles and opportunities. Off the sporting arena, Hannah has been a vital member of the community with her ongoing involvement in many activities which provides healthy lifestyle and living messages to disadvantaged youth. It is topics such as goal setting, time management, and the importance of your attitude that Hannah is passionate about and delivers with an enthusiasm that can’t help but get her audience excited about what they will be able to achieve in their own lives.
Currently, Hannah has her sights set firmly on selection for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. If she is successful in her bid to represent the Australia in cycling, she will join an elite group of athletes to accomplish dual sport representation at the Paralympic level .
Christian Williams is an archer at the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS). He has also competed at the elite level in lacrosse, luge and hammer throw. Christian represents the Victorian Institute of Sport and visits schools all over the world to promote the importance of healthy eating, heart health and exercise. He is passionate about motivating students to reach their full potential and live their dreams. He has worked with professional sporting teams, primary schools, international organizations and everything in between. Christian is a qualified school teacher and has been teaching in schools around Melbourne since 2009.
David Morris has just graduated from a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, from RMIT as a P.E. / Maths teacher at both primary and secondary level. He has juggled his university degree and also his athletic career, during the last 7 years as he trained for the 2010 Winter Olympics, spending 10 months a year overseas training and competing. He competes professionally as an Aerial Skier and is the current Australian record holder. David placed 13th at the Vancouver Olympics and is the only male to compete for Australia in the sport in over 15 years. He was presented with the Leader’s Sports star of the year in 2010. Before becoming a full time teacher and presenter Dave will continue his training and strive for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He has been a gymnastics coach for 12 years, and after the Vancouver Olympics started motivation speaking at schools, and community clubs, encouraging the best performances out of everyone. Dave’s goal is to inspire people to overcome obstacles and achieve everything they deserve, and use his experiences and struggles to show that there is always a way to reach your goals, in sport, life, and studies.
Daniel Sharp has been a teacher for 14 years working in many different areas in Australia, Europe and Asia. He is currently the Careers Counsellor at Lilydale High School and a Senior Instructor & 2nd Dan Black Belt in Aikido.
When he was 14 his brother was in a near fatal car accident and Daniel’s father pulled him out of the car saving his life. He learnt a great deal through his brothers accident including how to cope under pressure and how to use the challenges you have in life to make your life better. As a high school student Dan excelled in exams and assessment tasks. Whilst not being the smartest student in the school he was in the top 5% of students in the school in terms of marks. Through setting goals and practicing exam pressure Dan realised he could achieve marks outside what most people thought possible and now shares these techniques through the VCE Help sessions.
As an adult he has have turned his attention to assisting others with organisations such as Reach Youth, Whitelion, Nike and Rotary International. Over the last 14 years Dan has been involved in schools he has focused on how students can get the best out of their lives and continues to find new and innovative ways to motivate himself and others.
Dr. Matthew Bateman (image centre) is a leading chiropractor, health professional, educator, business entrepreneur and property developer. Dr. Matt runs two chiropractic businesses based in Bulleen and Mentone and truly lives a life based around health, wealth and wisdom.
His knowledge of nutrition, energy and vitality is unparalleled and utilises the cutting edge tools and techniques for peak performance in his own life and that of the people he coaches. Dr. Matt had formerly worked with numerous Australian Olympic swimmers in their mental and physical preparation before Olympic and Commonwealth competitions.
Additionally Dr. Matt is a sought after professional speaker in the areas of health and personal development. Dr. Matt has also co-authored a best seller titled “The world’s best kept health secret Volume 2.”