19-year-old Troy is a second-year journalism student at Macleay and six months into an internship with the Cronulla Sharks. A former Rugby League player with professional aspirations, he was forced to change gear after sustaining a severe back injury.
“I have a massive passion for sport,” says Troy. "I originally wanted to become a sportsman, but that dream ended when I got a back injury. I had to set my goals to something else and I've always had a passion for writing. I saw ads for Macleay and instantly thought it would be a perfect fit for me."
His internship has given him the chance to put into practice everything he's learned so far in Macleay’s hands-on, industry-focused classes. “I was lucky enough to get an internship at the Cronulla Sharks and to apply everything I learned at Macleay. I was able to hit the ground running and fill the role,” explains Troy. “At Macleay, you get a lot of one-on-one time with your lecturers, who are all working industry professionals with a lot of insight.”
The Sharks finished in the NRL top four and played finals footy. Reporting live at Allianz Stadium for The Sharks' semi-final match was "outstanding”, says Troy. "Just being at Shark Park on a Sunday afternoon is also really special. It’s a privilege to have access to the players and being able to interview them has been fantastic. I hope that I’m able to continue that for many years to come."
"The internship [with Cronulla Sharks] flowed on to a freelance gig at NSW Rugby League doing match reports for them," says Troy.
Troy’s incredible Macleay experience is not unique. Many current and former students have navigated successful transitions into industry, a testament to their hard work and the practical hands-on learning provided by our working industry professionals.