- Club Sports Program Manager
- Bond Sport
Level 2, Building 9, Student Centre, Bond University
Former National Basketball League (NBL) player, Stuart Allen is a proud Awabakal man whose mother hailed from West Wallsend / Swansea on the NSW Central Coast.
Stuart didn’t learn about his Indigenous heritage until he was 30 years of age. As is often the case, his mother was raised as a white woman by a relative and, when Stuart did finally learn her story, it was difficult to extract the details from the family.
Since that time, he has embraced every opportunity to learn more about his culture and give back to the community - volunteering as a tutor for Indigenous students, working with the young Indigenous Basketball Academy in Brisbane and with remote communities in Cherbourg and the Torres Strait Islands.
With qualifications in education and health care, Stuart drew on his love of sports to create a diverse career in sport and fitness management. In addition to playing for the Newcastle Falcons NBL team, he is a seven-time marathon finisher and a past national champion surf lifesaver.
He has raised his two daughters in the full knowledge of their Aboriginal heritage. Maddison, 26, is a professional WNBL basketballer with the Perth Lynx and has worked with up and coming Indigenous basketballers, while Beth was heavily involved with the Nyombil Centre and the Student Society for Indigenous Awareness during her years as a law / international relations student at Bond.
Stuart came to Bond University as the Head Basketball Coach in 2016 and now serves as Director of Netball and Club Sports.