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.