Matt Mur­phy

Alpine Observer - - News -

What’s your job?

I am the owner and op­er­a­tor and coach at Bright Boot­camp and Co.

What brought you to this job?

Eleven years ago I had to fin­ish my ca­reer as pro­fes­sional ath­lete due to in­jury and I hap­pened to stum­ble across an on­line course and thought I should prob­a­bly do that as an in­terim be­fore I go back to sport, but I kind of never went back to com­pet­ing at the elite level.

I use to travel around Europe and Amer­ica rac­ing in triathlon. I missed out qual­i­fy­ing for the Com­mon­wealth Games by one spot and missed out on the Olympic Games by two spots.

It was very close, but if I had of gone down that path I wouldn’t be here now.

We moved to the area from the New South Wales cen­tral coast in Novem­ber 2015 and opened Bright Boot­camp in Fe­bru­ary 2016. We started it on our prop­erty but it’s grown so much we de­cided to open in Bright in a big­ger space.

What do you love about your job?

You get to hope­fully make peo­ple’s lives bet­ter and get them to un­der­stand that move­ment is not only good for the body but it’s also re­ally good for the brain. See­ing the trans­for­ma­tions our mem­bers go through is also re­ally amaz­ing. To me, I don’t think it’s just the phys­i­cal, the phys­i­cal is a bi-prod­uct, but I think it’s more the men­tal side of things – peo­ple’s re­la­tion­ships are stronger.

The guys who don’t re­ally com­mu­ni­cate about is­sues in their lives, they come to yoga on a Fri­day night and then go and have a cou­ple of beers af­ter­wards and it can be those two hours that gets them through the week. I

t’s the same for the mum’s some­times it’s the only out they get from the house all week. Life is busy – kids, work, chores so I love that they can find a sense of com­mu­nity and fam­ily and sup­port here at Bright Boot­camp.

What else do you en­joy do­ing?

I like to go out hik­ing with the dog and I’m about to start work­ing with Ric Wil­liamson on a video about ex­plor­ing Bright. I’ve also been com­pet­ing in the Asia Pa­cific Spar­tan Cham­pi­onship. I’m also gear­ing up for Bright Spar­tan in Oc­to­ber and I have to say the course here is as hard as they come.

If the per­son you would most like to meet came to Bright, who would that be and what would you show them?

I think I would have to choose Kil­lian Jor­net, an amaz­ing mountaineer from Nor­way, who re­cently climbed Mt Ever­est two days in a row, with­out oxy­gen. It’s an amaz­ing achieve­ment. I would love to show him the beauty of Bright and the Alpine Shire and all the amaz­ing things the area has to of­fer.

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