Pharmacy’s sporting heroes: Part 2


A look at even more pharmacists who have excelled in sports, as well as the dispensary

AJP recently published a feature looking at nine pharmacists who have gone on to achieve success in sports.

The article has generated a large amount of correspondence from readers reminding us of even more pharmacists who we hadn’t had space to include in the original piece.

Here’s a brief look at these, equally deserving, pharmacy sporting heroes: 

Elise Kellond-Knight – Australian football international

An Australian Matildas representative in over 100 internationals, Elise Kellond-Knight has played regularly for her country since debuting in 2007.

Now aged 28, Elise played at club level with Brisbane Roar for many years, and has recently signed to return to Australia to play for Melbourne City, after a stint at Swedish club Hammarby.

A defensive midfielder, she has one goal for Australia in her international career, and represented Australia at both the 2011 and 2015 Women’s World Cup’s, being selected in the All-Star team after both tournaments. 

She studied pharmacy at Griffith University, but has put her extend Masters degree on hold to concentrate on football.

Des Meagher (1944-2011) – Hawthorn VFL (as it was at the time) premiership player

Des, a hospital pharmacist played 198 games for the Hawks from 1966 to 1976, and was a member of their 1971 premiership team.

A left-footed wingman, he played for Victoria in 1967 and 1973. 

Des was director of Pharmacy at Box Hill Hospital for a number of years.

Luke McPharlin – recently retired AFL player for Fremantle, has recently completed his pharmacy degree post-AFL career.

Luke was a champion defender during most of his 256 AFL games, 12 for Hawthorn in 2000-01 and 244 for the Dockers from 2002-2015.

A 2012 All-Australian, Luke was a member of Fremantle’s losing 2013 Grand Final team. He has also released an album and won The Footy Show’s music contest in 2005. He started work at Fiona Stanley Hospital in late 2017.

Craig Serjeant – WA and Australian test cricket batsman 

Playing for Australia at a difficult time in our cricket history (his test were either just before or durign the Packer World Series Cricket revolution), Craig Serjeant played 12 tests and three one-day internationals for Australia in 1977-78. 

He scored 522 runs at 23.72, making 1 century – 124 against the might of the West Indies during Australia’s 1978 tour. He also scored 81 on test debut at Lord’s during the 1977 tour of England.

Craig played for Western Australia through to the 1981/82 season, and was a hospital pharmacist for 12 years at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Michael Troy – road cyclist 

Currently a pharmacy owner at Grafton on the NSW north coast, Michael Troy (aged 30) was a top-level road cyclist who was active in ProCycling events till his retirement in 2016.

Michael was the 2012 Western Division Road Cycling Champion.

Congrats to all these great pharmacy athletes, and to others we may have missed.

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