Nicola Kuleski (ON’14)
Watching the football friendly between Liverpool FC and Sydney FC on 23 May, I jumped out of my armchair with great pride and joy as former Newington College Lindfield student, Nicola Kuleski, ran on for Sydney FC with 10 minutes left against the mighty English team.
Nicola graduated from Year 6 at Lindfield in 2008. He was a polite, hard-working student and had a great passion for football. He graduated from the Stanmore Campus in 2014 and went to work on his football career. However, he still went on to Macquarie University, currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.
In 2015, Nicola joined Sydney FC where he started off by playing for the youth team, where he also served as vice-captain in the 2016-17 season. On 8 April 2017, he made his debut for the first team of Sydney, coming on in the 80th minute as a substitute in the A-League encounter against Wellington Phoenix .
Being born in Australia to Macedonian parents, Nicola was originally eligible to play for both the Australian and Macedonian national teams at international level but he made his decision for the latter, where he started playing for Macedonia’s U17 and U19 national teams. On 5 September 2015, Nicola made his debut for Macedonia U21 in a friendly against Australia U23.
Nicola came to football training this week to meet some of the boys and pass on a few tips. As his Year 6 teacher and U12 football coach, it was great to see Nicola again and to also see the success he has achieved to date. The future looks bright for Nicola who will always be a part of our campus here at Lindfield. We are very proud of his achievements and can’t wait to see what he will do and where he will be in years to come.
Mr Simon Edwards – 6B Class Teacher