Did You Know That These Notable Personalities Are From Albany Creek?

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The Veronicas (Photo credit: CC BY-SA 2.0/Eva Rinaldi/Wikimedia Commons)

Albany Creek is home to some of Brisbane’s most notable personalities. Most are in the field of sports, and some are in the entertainment industry. Get to know more about them here.

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Patrick Rafter

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The former world No. 1 tennis player attended Albany Creek State High School. He was a member of the school’s successful 1988 Tennis Squad. Just three years later, he started his career as a professional tennis player and the rest is history. His breakthrough came in 1997 when he played for the French Open.

Matt Renshaw

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His family moved to Albany Creek when he was 10 years old and there he played cricket with his dad in their backyard. He was a player for Albany Creek Hawks from 2006 to 2010 before he became a rising cricket star.

Nelle Lee

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Nelle Lee is the artistic director of shake and stir, one of the country’s leading contemporary theatre companies touring Australia and New Zealand since 2006. Before pursuing her passion for acting at the University of Southern Queensland, she grew up and attended school in Albany Creek. Today, as the artistic director of shake and stir, she adapted some of the production company’s hits including A Christmas Carol and Jane Eyre.

Scott Daruda

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Scott Daruda with a conversion in a match against Yamaha Jubilo in 2006 (Photo credit: CC BY/Hamedog/Wikimedia Commons)

Whilst he was born in Papua New Guinea, the Super Rugby player grew up and played football in Albany Creek. As a professional rugby player, he was best known for playing the centre/fly-half position. 

Jessica and Lisa Origliasso

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The identical twin sisters, also known as The Veronicas, were born and raised in Albany Creek. Two of the country’s most notable personalities, they have attended both the Ferny Grove State High School and Wavell State High School. They moved to Los Angeles in 2001 but returned to Queensland in 2019 to be closer to their mum.

Ben Tune

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The former Australian rugby union player grew up in Albany Creek and later attended school at St Paul’s College in Bald Hills. After retiring from the sport in 2007, Tune focused on new ventures, and became the CEO of a sport and talent management company.

Geoff Trapett

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The Australian Paralympic athlete who won three medals over two Paralympics also grew up in the suburb and attended the Queensland Academy of Sport. In 2009, he was one of the first 150 people to be added to the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.

Lisa Skinner

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She studied at Albany Creek Primary School and studied gymnastics at her local gym club when she was six years old. She competed at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. She was best known for being the first Australian gymnast to qualify for an individual event final at the Olympics.

Robbie Kruse

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One of the most notable personalities from the suburb is Robbie Kruse, who played his junior football with Albany Creek in the Pine Rivers district before starting a professional career with A-League side Brisbane Roar and later Melbourne Victory before moving to Germany in 2011.

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