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Corey Payne 'an outstanding role model' says Pro-Vice-Chancellor

23 Jan 2013

The University of Sydney's Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education Operations), Professor Tyrone Carlin, has described rugby league star and Business School alumni, Corey Payne, as an outstanding role model for the young people of Sydney's south western suburbs.

Professor Carlin, who is also Deputy Dean of the Business School, made the comments during an appearance on the Network TEN profile of Corey Payne who has been named the New South Wales Young Australian of the Year for 2013.

The profile, carried in the popular program, The Project, looked at Corey's career as a first grade player for the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, his academic achievement and his work amongst underprivileged teenagers in the part of Sydney where he grew up.

"Corey Payne is a powerhouse who is full of energy and full of passion," Professor Carlin said. "He is also a great intellect."

After attending Westfield Sports High, Corey became the first member of his family to pursue a university career and gained a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney in 2007. He is now working towards a Master of Commerce degree.

Corey is also the head of the Future Directions Network (FDN) which provides mentoring, career planning, information, logistical support and, in some cases, financial assistance, to young people wishing to attend university.

In 2011, the University of Sydney recognised Corey's outstanding efforts with a Young Alumni Award for Achievement.

In 2012, he won a Churchill Fellowship to study youth support programs in Brazil, Spain, the United Kingdom and South Africa. At the end of last year, he was named the New South Wales Young Australian of the Year for 2013 for "his drive to help young people from less privileged schools and low socioeconomic areas pursue higher education".

Watch Corey Payne on The Project here.