The Redland Foundation is pleased and delighted to be supported by two exceptional community ambassadors.
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 is an Australian-Dutch soprano and has gained worldwide fame as soloist with Andre Rieu. She studied opera at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia and at the age of 21, Mirusia was announced as the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. After this prestigious win she has gone on to win many more awards and break many records with Andre Rieu and as a solo artist.
Mirusia was born in Australia to Dutch parents, growing up in Redlands and attending high school at Ormiston College. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, her career panned out like a fairy tale.
Her Dutch aunt wrote an email to André Rieu to introduce him to Mirusia. After watching and listening to some clips on Mirusia’s website, Rieu called her right away at home in Australia. At first Mirusia thought it was a joke from a friend, but then after a few moments she realized the man on the other end of the line was really the Andre Rieu. Two days after this first phone call Mirusia auditioned for Rieu in Maastricht in The Netherlands. It was a success, as she returned to Australia with a contract in hand.
The blonde soprano moved to Maastricht, The Netherlands, where she was welcomed with open arms and since 2007 she has been touring all over the world as the soloist of Andre Rieu and solo, enchanting millions of people with her voice.
Ready to start a new chapter in her life, Mirusia returned to her home country Australia in 2012, and has since toured in many countries around the world with her orchestra and Musical Director Graeme Press.
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