Griffith University has contributed to the education of some pretty famous alumni. From singers and musicians to Olympic gold medalists, these are 15 famous alumni from Griffith University!
1. Cameron McEvoy
Cameron McEvoy is a competitive swimmer who represented Australia at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. McEvoy was a physics and mathematics student at Griffith University. He currently has 6 bronze medals, 7 silvers and 4 gold medals.
2. Berrick Barnes
Berrick Barnes is a professional rugby union football player. He began his professional sporting career straight out of school. Barnes made his debut for the Broncos in 2005 at the age of 18. He went on to make 9 NRL appearances for the Broncos. Barnes is currently signed with Japanese Top League club Panasonic Wild Knights.
Bronwen Knox is a water polo centre back/centre forward. She graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. Along with many of her medals, she was a member of the Australia women’s Olympic team that won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Knox now works as a laboratory assistant.
4. Kate Miller-Hidke
Kate Miller is a singer-songwriter. She completed a Bachelor of Music on a full scholarship from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University. Her music career began when she started playing in several Brisbane bands. She was also lead singer and songwriter for the Brisbane band “Elsewhere” which was active from 2000-2003. To date, Miller has released 13 albums with her most recent one being released in 2014, called O Vertigo!
5. Emma Dean
Emma Kate Dean is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Brisbane, Queensland. She played violin, piano and back up vocals in Kate Miller-Heidke’s Band from 2003–2006. She eventually left Miller-Heidke’s group to concentrate on her own solo career. Dean has not been on the social scene since 2013 when a collection of off-kilter ballads was released.
6. Megan Washington
Megan Alexandra Washington is a musician and songwriter. In 2010, she released her first album, I Believe You Liar which peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart. By end of 2011, she received a platinum certificate from ARIA for shipment of 70,000 copies.
7. Dami Im
Dami Im is a Korean-born Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist artist. She is known for winning the fifth season of The X Factor Australia. From winning, she received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. She released her debut single “Alive”, which reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. Dami completed a Masters of Arts degree in contemporary voice at Griffith University.
8. Katie Anne Noonan
Katie Anne Noonan is an Australian singer-songwriter. She sings in the groups George and Elixir, performs with her mother, Maggie Noonan, and plays with her band The Captains. She studied opera and jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University.
9. Adam Lopez
Adam Lopez is a pop musician, vocal coach, and session vocalist. He is noted for his ability to produce extremely high notes in his whistle register. Adam currently holds a Guinness World Record for singing the highest note (by a male). Lopez studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University in Australia. His last album was released in 2014 called Kaleidoscope.
10. Jason Barry-Smith
Jason Barry-Smith is a operatic baritone, vocal coach, composer, and arranger. He works with organisations such as Opera Queensland, The Queensland Orchestra, Seven Network, and the Queensland Youth Choir. Smith graduated Griffith University with a Medal of Excellence from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
11. Natalie Gruzlewski
Natalie is a tv-presenter. She studied journalism at Griffith University after finishing school. Her career began on the Gold Coast as host of Prime Television’s Surf TV, a beach and surf conditions program. From there she worked for the Nine Network, was featured on the NRL Footy Show and Nine Network’s travel program, Getaway.
12. Michael Zavros
Michael Zavros is an artist who studied printmaking at Queensland College of Art at Griffith University. Zavros has won three Australian drawing prizes: The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize and the Kedumba Prize.
13. Liz Cantor
Liz Cantor is a television personality, including being the winner of the reality television game show, The Mole, in 2005. Cantor completed a Bachelor of Communications at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, majoring in journalism and meteorology. Cantor was also a professional surfer who competed on the Australian junior circuit for five years.
14. Amanda Ware
Amanda Ware is best known for winning season 6 of Australia’s Next Top Model. Ware signed a three-year contract with Elite Model Management in New York City after a successful one week visit. Ware studied exercise science and education at Griffith University.
15. Eva Milic
Eva Milic is a journalist and was also Miss World Australia. Milic graduated from Griffith University with a Master of Journalism and Mass Communication degree. It was during her university studies that Milic was offered a freelance position with Nine Gold Coast News, replacing Natalie Gruzlewski as the program’s full-time weather presenter. Milic is currently Nine Morning News Queensland and Nine Afternoon News Queensland presenter.
Overall, it’s clear that Griffith University breeds some amazing talent. Who knows, maybe you will be the next big thing!
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