In the air and on the ground, Sidonie shows leadership everywhere she goes

Published:11 June 2019

CQUniversity Bachelor of Digital Media student Sidonie Cromb was awarded the 2018 Defence Force Recruiting Leadership Award (North Region) for her leadership in the UniSport Nationals sporting arena.

CQUniversity Bachelor of Digital Media student Sidonie Cromb takes leadership very seriously.

Ms Cromb was recently selected to captain the Women’s Basketball Team and the overall Female Team of athletes at the UniSport Division 2 Nationals 2019 on the Gold Coast from 8 to 11 July.

UniSport Nationals provides students at 43 universities from across Australia with an opportunity to compete head to head in a number of national standard sporting competitions.

This will be the third time Ms Cromb has represented CQUni at the games for basketball.

“I am truly honoured that I have gained the respect of staff and students to hold this position for another year – it makes me very proud,” Ms Cromb said.

“I love basketball, but more than that, I love being part of a team because it brings people together who have a common purpose.”

Ms Cromb was recently awarded the 2018 Defence Force Recruiting Leadership Award (North Region) for her leadership in the sporting arena.

The award, sponsored by the Defence Force, recognises students who go above beyond their duty to lead their fellow teammates.

Ms Cromb said being a leader was more than just being put in charge.

“It’s about acting with honesty, integrity and chasing team goals rather than personal agendas,” she said.

“Through loyalty you foster trust, and when people trust you, they will stand by you and the team as a whole becomes a stronger unit.

“I’m humbled to think there are people out there who think I’m worthy of such an award and deeply grateful for the honour.”

Ms Cromb's sporting leadership skills were honed throughout her time spent in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

“I joined the RAAF in 1989 and spent 6 years as a Computer Operator, based in Darwin,” she said.

“Throughout that time, I represented the Darwin and Northern Territory Air Force bases, as well as the Northern Territory Combined Services in basketball. I even made a number of Australian Combines Services basketball teams.

“I’ve played representative sport all my working life, so it made sense to don the green and blue and represent CQUni.”

Ms Cromb said competing at this year’s UniSport Nationals event would be a bittersweet moment.

“As it’s my last year of my Bachelor of Digital Media course, it’s the last time I can represent CQUni at such an event,” she said.

“However, as much as I love being part of this event, I am really ready to finish my studies and can’t wait to see what happens next.

“Once completed, I hope to find work within my chosen field because it makes me happy – I love it. I might even return to my graphic design business and offer a few more services, thanks to my studies.”

The top two ranked teams in each sport for the Division 2 competition will gain promotion into National Division 1, which will be held on the Gold Coast from 28 September to 3 October.