Australia Day Ambassador announced

December 31, 2014

The 2015 Australia Day Ambassador for Bingara has been announced as Jeremy Rolleston. Jeremy is a two-time Winter Olympian, an Australian representative in two different sports (bobsleigh and rugby), a successful investment banker, author of ‘A Life that Counts’ and a proud Australia Day Ambassador.

Jeremy RollestonJeremy regards representing his country as the ultimate honour and has represented Australia internationally in two sports – rugby and bobsleigh. In 2006 at the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy Jeremy piloted Australia’s 2-man bobsleigh to the equal best-ever Australian result.

Then at the most recent XXI Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010, the Australian public shared the heartbreaking crash that Jeremy was involved in on the same track that had already tragically claimed the life of an Olympic athlete one week earlier. In what was a devastating situation, Jeremy exemplified the honour, dignity and sportsmanship we look for in Olympians, not just when they win but when everything goes wrong.

During his rugby days, Jeremy played in numerous representative teams including the Australian Legends team, the Australian Universities team and the Australian B (Legends) sevens side. He also played professionally for Italian side Rovigo in the European Shield and Italian Championships before retiring to pursue bobsleigh.

More recently, Jeremy won two World Masters Surf-Life Saving titles (Beach Sprint, Beach Flags) in France.

Off the field and away from the ice, Jeremy is as passionate about life as he is his sport.

Throughout his sporting career he has maintained a successful corporate career in banking and finance. Most recently he was General Manager – Institutional Business at Perpetual Investments and previous to that was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs JB Were investment bank.

Australia Day in GwydirJeremy is on the Board of the NSW Olympians Club, the Australian Coaching Institute and is proud to be an Ambassador for the Global Poverty Project, as well as Australia Day.

In 2011 he released his first book ‘A Life That Counts’ to great reviews. The book includes contributions from ten other famous and inspiring Australians including Gai Waterhouse, Dick Smith, Jessica Watson, Louise Sauvage, James Tomkins, Matt Shirvington and Lydia Lassila.

For more details on A Life That Counts, on Jeremy’s keynote speaking, or on Jeremy see


Another year almost gone and Bingara looks a picture.  With welcome rains bringing relief to all, the town has rarely looked better.  The grass is green and the Gwydir is as high as people’s spirits.