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From DLS to Wimbledon to the MCG

Posted by Kerry Martin on 12 October 2020
From DLS to Wimbledon to the MCG

"My time at De La Salle (in particular during Br Denis' maths classes) helped me to develop a strong work ethic, which has held me in good stead through the start of my career."

After graduating with a double degree in Sports Management and Science at Deakin University, East spent a year as a Player's Relations Assistant for Tennis Australia before moving to London where he spent two years working for the All England Lawn Tennis Club Championships' Department, based at Wimbledon.

"At Wimbledon, I was fortunate enough to work across a number of key projects and learn from and work with some incredibly talented people," East said.

"My role as Security and Precinct Coordinator has many moving parts and looks different at different times of the year. I am responsible for the various events and activations we have external to the MCG on the concourse or in Yarra Park but also help to deliver the external aspects of all MCG events, including traffic and pedestrian management, security operations, and transport."

"Working for a venue which has so many events over the calendar year, the working day is very dependent on the keys stakeholders I am working with, be it AFL and tenant clubs, Cricket Australia, Melbourne Marathon, or other event organisers."

"The variety is certainly a favourite aspect of my job and was key to drawing me to working in events in the first place."

"COVID-19 has had a very significant impact on the MCC and the events and entertainment industry as a whole, as it has with many industries the world over. At the MCC, we are using this time to work on maintaining the venue and improving as a business so that we are ready to go once fans are welcomed back."

"My involvement in some major sports organisations has meant that I've been very fortunate to help deliver some incredible events. The Australian Open, The Championships (Wimbledon), the AFL Grand Final and the Boxing Day Test very hard to pick a favourite!"

"I have always been passionate about travelling and hope to one day live and work overseas again. Living abroad for a few years has also given me a new appreciation for home, so lately I have really enjoyed being a tourist in my own city and enjoying all that Melbourne has to offer."

"My time at De La Salle College Malvern (in particular during Br Denis' maths classes) helped me to develop a strong work ethic, which has held me in good stead through the start of my career."

"My work requires strong social skills and that is one thing I can truly thank De La Salle for. "My days at the College gave me the opportunity to develop social skills and relate to and work with people from many different backgrounds, which I have always been thankful for."

 

Author: Kerry Martin
About: Editor, Roll Call Alumni Magazine, De La Salle College, Malvern
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