Our Ambassadors

The Redland Foundation is pleased and delighted to be supported by two exceptional community ambassadors.

Duncan Armstrong

Duncan Armstrong

Olympian

Photo: Barry Alsop, Eyes Wide Open Images

Raised in the Central Queensland town of Rockhampton, Duncan Armstrong rose to national and international fame at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 when he broke the world record to win the Gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle.

Duncan formed a winning relationship with madcap coach Laurie Lawrence which spanned 10 years, collecting Gold at the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific championships and numerous national and international competitions.

During his stellar career Duncan also won a host of honours out of the water, including Young Australian of the Year and an Order of Australia medal.

After representing Australia at two Olympic Games, Duncan retired from the pool in 1993 to pursue a career in media and corporate coaching. Duncan is currently contracted with Fox Sports and presents all its swimming coverage, as well as hosting Fox Sports Central on Sundays. Athens 2004 was Duncan’s third Olympics as a commentator, where he brought all the action from poolside with Radio 2GB.

Mirusia

Mirusia

Opera Sensation

 Celebrated as the ‘angel of André Rieu’, the Australian-Dutch soprano Mirusia is in full swing forging her own career as a solo artist. Her recent album ‘From the Heart’ and tour of the same name has received outstanding reviews and has touched the hearts of many audiences. Her performances have been declared; “heart-warming, personal and they leave you no choice but to love Mirusia.” 

Mirusia studied opera at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. After graduation, her career blossomed when she toured the world for 10 years as a featured soloist with the Johann Strauss Orchestra. This much loved orchestra is based in Maastricht, Netherlands, and is lead by the acclaimed violinist, André Rieu. The stadium-size concerts have forwarded Mirusia a wonderful opportunity of singing before country leaders, royalty and millions of fans and all have marvelled at the clarity, dexterity and the exquisite sound of her voice.

Her solo career is flourishing with many extensive and successful tours of Australia and internationally and her solo recordings always place highly on the Australian Aria Album and DVD chart rankings. In 2016 the album “This Time Tomorrow” and the DVD of the same name, both ranked in the top 10 for many weeks, with the CD reaching the number one position for best-selling classical crossover album and DVD reaching #1 on the Australian Music DVD Charts.  Her new album “From The Heart” is already selling exceptionally well in Europe and Australia.

Mirusia resides in The Redlands with her husband Youri and when not touring she invests in the lives of other young, talented up and coming Australian singers; mentoring and producing recordings. Mirusia is also the International Ambassador for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation and she is also a proud Ambassador of the Redland Foundation.  

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