Meet our eebudee Heroes who have been been enlisted to help support parents and carers in their efforts to raise resilient, healthy kids. The eebudee Heroes are a group of carefully selected and well known identities that both kids and parents can relate to, and who can help provide inspirational mentoring for children.

Caitlin Bassett, Netball Player

Australian Diamonds team member since 2008, Commonwealth Games gold medal winner, dual-Netball World Cup gold medallist and founder member of the West Coast Fever, Caitlin Bassett is one of the netball world’s premier goal shooters. Caitlin has enjoyed a career-best season in 2015, winning gold in the 2015 Netball World Cup, becoming the first Australian player to score 600 goals in an ANZ Championship season and spearheading the Fever’s first ever finals appearance.

Caitlin combines her netball career with studying broadcasting and journalism and enjoying leisure time with family and friends at the beach. Her decision to get involved with eebudee was influenced by her strong belief in the importance of staying mentally refreshed and achieving balance in all aspects of life, a message she believes is at the core of the eebudee philosophy.

Kate Beveridge, Netball Player

Kate is an Australian netball player who made her debut for the Australian Diamonds in 2008, captained the Australian FastNet Team in 2010, and won the ANZ Championship with the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2010. She now plays for the West Coast Fever and loves sharing her experience as an athlete as a public speaker and delivering tailored sports programs for school children.

Kate chose to get involved with eebudee as it provides a safe platform for families to communicate online and share those valued everyday day moments in a private forum. With a job that takes her all around the globe, Kate loves that eebudee makes keeping in touch with her family network easy and comfortable from wherever she may be in the world!

Jacob Burns, Soccer Player

As an Olyroo, Socceroo, English Premier League player, past captain and now General Manager of Football for the Perth Glory Football Club, Jacob Burns has spent the last 20 years playing professional soccer around the world. He is passionate about helping others develop their own skills, loves spending time with his family and enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle.

With two out of three of Jacob’s children already using social media, he believes that eebudee is a wonderful tool to educate children on the right way to behave and interact online while also allowing parents to experience and learn alongside them. As a big advocate for his own kids being healthy and active, he loves that eebudee promotes the importance of a balanced lifestyle.

Lucy Chaffer, Olympic Skeleton “Slider”

Lucy Chaffer is a member of the Australian Skeleton Team. She was a silver medallist in the 2012 World Cup in Whistler, Canada, and competed in the 2012 World Championships as well as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Outside of sport Lucy is a high school Health, Physical and Outdoor Education teacher. She enjoys mentoring her students to learn and achieve their own goals.

With six nieces and nephews, Lucy loves that with eebudee she can see what they are all doing no matter where in the world she is travelling. As a teacher, she knows how important it is that children know online social etiquette and how to stay safe online and believes that eebudee provides a great platform for social media education.

Darren Glass, AFL Football Player

West Coast Eagles legend and four time All-Australian full back Darren Glass had an illustrious 270 game career with the club. Currently studying for his MBA, he is keen to build on his experience from the field to share his knowledge on team identity, leadership, values and teamwork.

Darren loves that eebudee connects families, with a big family of his own including three kids, grandparents, four sisters, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces. He describes the eebudee approach as being like training wheels for social media as it gives kids (and moms and dads!) the ability to learn what’s good and bad online in a safe environment. He also loves the emphasis on balancing screen time with doing outside activities away from the TV and computers.

Mark Knowles, Hockey Player

World Hockey Player of the Year 2014 and current captain of the Australian men’s field hockey team the Kookaburras, Mark Knowles has represented Australia and won numerous gold medals at the Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games tournaments over the years. He has a passion for coaching and being a quality role model for young people, as well as spending time with his two sons.

Mark believes that eebudee has a leadership role to play in the changing online world, by giving kids the tools to prepare them for the realities of digital engagement in their teenage years and beyond. With his own young family, he loves that eebudee allows his sons to connect simply, safely and securely with extended family around Australia.

Brad Ness, Wheelchair Basketball Player

Brad Ness is a four-time Paralympian and world basketball champion who has a passion for motivating kids to achieve their dreams. Despite being a below-knee amputee as the result of a work place accident when he was 18, Brad never gave up on his aspirations and has travelled the world in pursuit of excellence with the Australian basketball team.

Growing up with a very close family on a farm in rural Australia, Brad jumped at the opportunity to be involved with eebudee as it offered families the secure environment for sharing that he loved about his childhood. Brad loves that the platform brings families together and allows them to share online in a fun and safe way.

Katrina Porter OAM, Paralympic Swimmer

Paralympian Katrina Porter OAM started competitive swimming at the age of 10 after several years of hydrotherapy to assist with her physical disability, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Katrina went on to compete in three Paralympics, winning gold in Beijing and breaking the world record for 100m backstroke in the process.

Katrina was drawn to eebudee because of its balanced approach to social media, advocating the benefits of connecting with family and friends online while also leading a healthy and active lifestyle. She describes eebudee as a unique social media platform for families that integrates social media education and awareness while also promoting the benefits associated with getting 'offline' and connecting in real time!

Will Schofield, AFL Football Player

West Coast Eagles star Will Schofield was drafted in 2006, and has since played over 120 AFL games. He is active in the media as a regular guest on 96FM Breakfast and Fox Sports News, and as a host of the Club’s official TV show, Eagle Vision.

Will is heavily involved with the West Coast Eagles’ community work and is especially passionate about working with children through the club’s education-based programs. Will was keen to get involved with eebudee after noticing a gap in education for children and the safe use of social media. Being drafted to an interstate club from his home in Geelong, Will also loves that he can keep in touch with his four young nieces and nephews in a fun and interactive environment with eebudee.



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