My motto “squeeze life” has challenged me to do stuff…try things…have a crack.
I completed a physical education degree in Perth before my mum challenged me to see the world for 12 months, so I bought an open-ticket and 6 years later, finally returned home! This wanderlust is dad’s fault – he had left England as a 10-pound pom following his dreams.
During my time abroad, I cycled through Southern Africa, New Zealand and Western Europe, worked as a gardener in Italy for their future Prime Minister, and crewed a 75-foot delivery yacht across the Atlantic from Antigua to Norway. Later, I returned to Europe where I ran the London Marathon, and having failed to catch a man dressed as a turkey, vowed I would cycle from Perth to Sydney in costume to demoralise others as he had demoralised me.
I dressed as a bilby – a small Australian marsupial with a snout big enough to provide my considerable nose some shade under the warm Australian sun, I arrived in Sydney the day before the 2000 Olympics kicked-off! As I set off, it was later relayed to me that my mum said “I wish he’d just buy a house like a normal young man”.
I hiked the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea, and despite paddling in the longest white-water race in the world, swimming a few long-distance events, and having the worlds’ second-best cook as my wife…I’m still as thin as a rake! I love the Australian bush – it’s animals and their quirks. I realised this during my teaching career, so did some further study and became an environmental scientist.
I loved my enviro job – but life is too short to spend half of it away from those I love, my wife and three kids…and our dog, lizard, stick-insects and guinea pigs. I wanted to see them grow up, and I want to spend more time in the south-west – my home…an amazing place to live!
I want to share all that with you…so here I am…having a crack at Bike Hike Swim Dunsborough
Even if you don’t come on a tour…squeeze life.