Friday, May 12, 2017

Canberra Institute of Technology graduate and champion Australian off-spin bowler Nathan Lyon has been appointed as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.

Affectionately known as Gary, the record-breaking bowler is known for his unusual journey to the top, balancing cricket training while completing a Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf).

In 2011, the horticulturalist-turned-international cricketer was employed at the Adelaide Oval as a Curator’s Assistant when his talent for cricket was discovered. Offering himself up as a net bowler in the same nets he had prepared earlier as a groundsman, the finger-spinner caught the eye of the South Australian team coach. Nathan quickly progressed through the ranks, and was playing first class cricket just months later.

He now holds the record of being Australia’s most successful off-spinner, and with no signs of slowing, it will be a well-earned title hard to beat.

Joining fellow sporting greats in the Ambassador program, Kevin Sheedy and Alan Tongue, Nathan hopes to share his story to show the diversity of opportunities available through a VET qualification.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity to be an Ambassador for Australian Apprenticeships.

“[My apprenticeship] put me on my feet, and it gave me a goal to stick out an apprenticeship, and I loved every minute of it.”

Read more about Nathan’s journey as an Australian Apprentice and many of the other the real-life success stories of our Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors from across Australia: