Matthew Haanappell OAM – 2013 graduate, paralympian, student – Bachelor of Sports Management

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‘I really valued the positive Melba College environment and the approachable, supportive teaching staff. I needed some extra support and flexibility given my disability and competitive swimming commitment – and I got it. Melba’s a school that caters for the needs of every individual.
I attribute my sporting success in part to my Melba College education. It was there that I developed confidence, self-belief and leadership skills. Being a team captain prepared me for my ambassador role at School Sport Victoria.
The way teachers challenged me to achieve my best in every endeavour – sporting and academic – made me an independent learner. It’s great to know how to prioritise and manage my commitments to live a balanced life.