Mac Russell works towards Global Games success

Administration Officer Macintyre Russell has every incentive to ensure the success of the 2019 INAS Global Games in Brisbane this October after receiving his Australian selection email in his new office this week.

“That is so exciting,” says the 21year old rower known as Mac. “I thought I had made the team but to read the official invitation at my work desk makes me so proud. This will be my first Australian team although I have won national titles, so it is very special for me.”

Mac began his rowing career as a 12 year old student at Gregory Terrace during a Learn to Row school experience. “I love sport and tried lots of sports including rugby, cricket and cross country where I was always in the lowest grade. But when I tried rowing I was in much higher teams and found I really liked that sport – although at the start I didn’t want to do it because it meant getting up too early!” he laughs.

Mac’s fast trajectory saw him row for Terrace in the 2nd Eight at the 2015 GPS Head of the River. It also gave him an ongoing love for the sport that has seen him represent Queensland for the past three years and thrice winning the Australian PR3 single sculls title.

“I do love rowing. It is not only the friends I have made and the excitement of competition, but I love the feeling of the boat gliding under me – and now especially as the sun rises,” says Mac.

Although the Australian team has been announced, Mac is not sure of which individual events he will be contesting, but says, “I hope it is the single sculls. I also hope to be picked in the PR3 mixed doubles sculls with Julia Story. We won the National title earlier this year so that would be nice to compete in that event as well.”

Although really excited about his national selection, Mac says he is equally delighted at experiencing the planning work inside the INAS Global Games. “At first I was very nervous about working with the Organising Team, but now I am used to my job, I love being a part of the group. I appreciate all their hard work and enjoy the insight into the preparation behind the Games. I am very proud to help.”

So as Mac takes to his scull at the Oxenford Rowing Centre on October 15 and 16, he can take pride both as an Australian athlete and as a staff volunteer in the success of the 2019 INAS Global Games.