Meet The GameAware Team
It takes one to know one.
Damien Schumann - SA
Teacher & Professional Athlete
Modern Warfare 2 - Battlefield 1 - Warzone
I have been gaming on and off for 25 years! I still remember the day I fell in love when I unwrapped my very first Gameboy in 1996! From there I graduated to the 64 and Dreamcast and these days play a lot of Modern Warfare and Battlefield. Once I turned 18 I put my time and effort into playing Beach Volleyball, as well as finishing school for design and teaching. That decision paid off because after 4 years of playing professionally, I qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. I use gaming as another way to compete in my free time. I have experienced first hand the benefits of how a balanced lifestyle is not only is crucial for performance, but also happiness.
Lachy Farquhar - QLD
Rocket League - Valorant - Hearthstone
In grade 10, my gaming career started off in Rocket League, Hearthstone, and my recent game of choice is Valorant. I’m a Science graduate, with a strong psychology focus (mostly clinical/neuro), hence my fascination in how gaming affects the mind. I’m also a competitive sportsman; I’ve rowed for QLD, played/coached basketball and casually got into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’m a sucker for the thrill of competition and proficiency. I think playing with friends is the best way to play.
Alan Runje - QLD
Team Bliss Esports - Manager
Witcher 3 - Dota 2 - PUBG
I have 15yrs+ fps experience, peaking in a Tier1 PUBG Competitive career. I have also obtained a Diploma of Fitness, and have employed this knowledge to explore the physical, behind-the-scenes preparation for esport performance. My day-to-day focus is as a member of the Team Bliss Off-Screen Development team.
Brendan Harms - QLD
Team Bliss Esports - Operations Manager
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Rocket League
As an avid gamer for over 20 years, I’ve always loved RPG gaming and the immersion they provide. Having participated in competitive FPS gaming and Twitch streaming, I now work for the Team Bliss Esports Academy in Queensland where I hope to use my experience to help develop programs to help the next generation of young E-Sports athletes. I am also President of the largest Medieval Live Action Roleplay group in Queensland, which regularly hosts community events promoting alternative fitness.
Jeremy Meyn - VIC
League of Legends - Rocket League - TERA
I’m 22 years old and have been a big fan of pc gaming for about 8 years now. I grew up playing games like League of Legends, Rocket League and TERA and have found a passion for gaming. I completed a degree in IT and love to play sports, in which I’ve found a really good balance between gaming, socialising and working.
Jason Rodwell - VIC
COD Cold War - Ghosts of Tushima - Dark Souls
Seb Barr - VIC
Teacher & Semi-Professional Athlete
DOTA 2 - Rocket League - Fortnite
I’ve always enjoyed video games, I bought my first console as a youngster with my pocket money, it was a SNES and this was quickly followed by the Nintendo 64. I loved all the old school games like Zelda and Super Smash Bros. I’ve converted to PC gaming now that I’m a bit older, but still enjoy a variety of games from FPS, RPGs, MOBAs or platformers. I’m also a current member of the Australian Ultimate Frisbee team and have been representing Australia as a hobby in my spare time since 2008.
Thomas Kuzma - NSW
Autism Advocate & Freelance Mentor
Hollow Knight - Spyro - D&D
My name is Thomas Kuzma lol I've been gaming since 1997 when I played a bootlegged Sega Mega Drive in Poland. Didn't know the polish text but I knew what buttons to push. I've been playing games since the Mega Drive and the PlayStation. I make videos about video games and I am a dungeon master for teens on the spectrum. I graduated highschool, and achieved a diploma of multimedia. I'm also one of the original Future Youth Leaders from the Asia Pacific Autism Conference and I have been advocating for autism, mental health and video games since 2009. I have talked about the above overseas in America and New Zealand, as well as featuring on various television programs. Finally I work as a freelance mentor. I develop content for Autism Spectrum Australia and I've been talking to a college in Putney Vermont about dating and relationships for those on the spectrum.
Sheyan Gunapala - VIC
Spiderman - Rachet and Clank - Spyro
I have been an avid gamer for about 20 years. I’ve played action adventure games religiously (e.g Spiderman, Rachet and Clank, Spyro) and the occasional first person shooter (even though I have realised I am not very good). I have completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Deakin University. I also have a Master of Professional Psychology from Monash University. I am currently a generally registered Psychologist working in the disability sector. I have experience and interest in providing intervention and psychological assessment to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and general behavioural difficulties. I enjoy working with individuals with problematic gaming and helping them create new healthy habits.
Josh Battin - NSW
Battlefield (any of them) - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -Bioshock Infinite
I started gaming when I was about 10 years Old, playing Crash Bandicoot on the PS1. Since then, I’ve ended being enthralled with Triple A First Person Shooters and Single Player games that are like a good book. I’m recently getting back into real-time strategy games too, such as Company of Heroes. I love the competitive side of games. Even when I’m not placing in leader boards (which is often), I always enjoy fighting and adapting to the chaos that are multiplayer games. I only devote my time to single player games with a superior quality of narrative so I’m maximising my gaming time, making cherished memories instead of blurred and indistinct recollections. I’m particularly avid in my psychological work with helping clients achieve immense amounts of satisfaction from their real life and their gaming time.
"The program has been very helpful in making me aware of my own behaviours as a parent and the fact I don't push my son to be responsible for his actions. Ultimately change comes from within and he needs to be the one to regulate his behaviour.
As a teacher myself, I have found that I even change the way I speak to students in class when they don't do the right thing. I'm feeling better prepared to help my sons move forward."
"...Lachy's support and guidance was amazing! His professional approach to helping Angus was beyond my expectations. Angus was in a big rut and gaming too much. Lachy provided ideas and solutions that we, as parents, would never have thought to suggest. I loved that Angus looked forward to their fortnightly sessions, and I really appreciated Lachy's openess during our debriefs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend GameAware and especially Lachy to any parent that is concerned about their child's gaming."
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