My name is Nikola Pozder. I graduated from Cecil Hills High School in 2008.
I loved writing at school, something I thoroughly enjoyed doing and I took part in almost every sport that was available (even netball!). Combining these two things and you get a sport journalist. It was a dream and something I went on to university to study and ultimately begin working within the media field.
After completing my Bachelor in Communications, Majoring in Journalism, I couldn’t find a job in the field. I then completed my Masters in Teaching (Secondary) but managed to find my first job in media upon completion.
I started my media work with Football NSW where I had the opportunity to interview many accomplished coaches and up and coming players, as well as report on the Men’s and Women’s National Premier Leagues competitions.
During this time, I started my first full time job at Microsoft, editing for their news branch msn.com.au.
Currently, I’m still at Microsoft and enjoying my time here.
Getting married to my beautiful wife last year in September has to be one of the highlights of my life so far and now we’re expecting our first child August! Other than that, completing my university degrees are something I’m extremely proud of as well as being Best Man to my best friend and former Cecil Hills High School student Gordan Opacic.
Another ‘achievement’ would be attending the Under 20 FIFA World Cup Final in New Zealand where Serbia defeated Brazil in extra time, something that will live long in the memory! Booking last minute flights and game tickets along with witnessing a late Nemanja Maksimovic extra time winner.
There were so many memories from school, so many good memories! As students we were always lucky to have the opportunity to attend such a fine school like Cecil Hills High School. Running around the lake for cross country on freezing cold mornings, winning the Regional Indoor Soccer final, making the PUMA Cup final on two consecutive occasions, captaining the Bernera Zone football team and receiving a ‘Zone Blue’ and making the Sydney South West football team.
Away from sport, the fantastic and caring teachers we had. From Mr Rayner and Mr Condon in PDHPE, Ms Twomey and Ms Fluke in History, of course Mr Alfonsi (one of the greatest legends of Cecil Hills High School) and our year advisers Ms Papageorgiou and Ms Saliba. (If I continued naming them I’d go on for days)!