Ambassadors

Joyce Lester OAM - Softball

Joyce Lester OAM is an Australian softball player and coach. A catcher and outfielder, she joined the Australia Women’s National Softball Team in 1977, captaining it from 1985 until its bronze medal win at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. After retiring from International Competition Joyce played professionally for the first time in Japan from 1996-1999 and thereafter coached softball in both Japan and Australia. She was named to the world all-star softball team in 1986 and has been inducted into the Queensland, Australia and World Softball Halls of Fame. Joyce competed in the 2015 and 2017 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games with her team the Steelers.

David Westley - Rugby League

David Westley is a Papua New Guinea professional rugby league footballer. A front rower, he played club football for the Canberra Raiders, with whom he won the 1994 Winfield Cup Premiership before spending time with the Parramatta Eels and the Northern Eagles. As a junior he played for the Cairns Kangaroos before being Canberra’s Rookie of the Year in 1993 and being part of their Grand Final winning side in 1994. David was also selected to play for Papua New Guinea in the 1995 World Cup in England. David is coaching co-ordinator for the Kangaroos Juniors as well as Strength and Conditioning coach for the Senior team.

Matt Burston - Basketball

Matthew Burston burst onto the NBL scene in the 2000/01 season, winning the NBL Most Improved Player Award in 2003. In his national career he played for the Perth Wildcats, Adelaide 36ers, South Dragons, Melbourne Tigers and finally the Cairns Taipans. He was a part of the championship winning team with the Dragons in 2009. At 6ft 11in Matt played in the last Great Barrier Reef Masters Games for the Hasbeens as a centre/power forward.