In Profile: Darryle Macdonald
What do you like best about your current role?
I like working in a dynamic environment, with young people forging their way in life. My role as a Year 9 tutor and a Health and Physical Education (HPE) teacher offers tremendous variety. It keeps me in touch with competitive level sport through coaching, talent ID and management, and with outdoor education opportunities such as the Outward Bound Y9 cmap and Y7 camp. It also keeps me involved in passing on values education with students, particularly in the Health component of HPE, dealing with the wider sporting and recreational community through excursions and importantly, working with like-minded passionate colleagues.
What did you do before joining the Radford community?
I worked in cricket at Manuka Oval as a coaching administrator for six years and a full-time coach for two years with Cricket ACT and the ACT Academy of Sport. I also spent four years working in IT management. I played cricket for the Canberra Comets in the national one-day competition from 1997?2001 and I represented the ACT in hockey at the national championships in 1989. I have twice re-trained and altered career direction, with education proving to be a really suitable fit for me and a growing family.
What do you enjoy outside Radford?
I have three active boys, a wonderful wife Kylie, and a kelpie named Kenji that my wife and I run with regularly. I?ve spent years coaching junior teams in hockey and cricket, and I still play hockey at second grade level, occasionally with my boys now. I?ve been fortunate to play in eight hockey grand finals in the past eleven seasons ? winning six! I've looked after the ACT 15s Schoolboys cricket team as they played in the nationals over the past three seasons, and will be going to Darwin in June this year. My family enjoys camping holidays and all the things that go with it ? surfing, tennis, kayaking, biking, golf and the great outdoors.