Wil­son hav­ing a ball on home turf

Fremantle Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

FROM photo jour­nal­ist to lo­cal Mem­ber, Fre­man­tle MHR Josh Wil­son is happy rep­re­sent­ing the City he grew up in.

Mr Wil­son at­tended South Ter­race Pri­mary – now Fre­man­tle Pri­mary School – which in­ci­den­tally is just up the road from his of­fice.

“I still go up there to play bas­ket­ball; I can still find the bag hook I used when I was at school there,” he said.

“I went to UWA and stud­ied Arts ma­jor­ing in English and Law but dropped out of Law to do my hon­ours in English.

“In my early years I was a writer and free­lance photo jour­nal­ist. I have done travel writ­ing and I taught at Curtin Uni­ver­sity for a decade.

“I quit teach­ing when I was in lo­cal gov­ern­ment back in 2009 but I still re­ally en­joy writ­ing.”

Mr Wil­son said play­ing sport was im­por­tant to him not only for his phys­i­cal health but men­tal and emotional well­be­ing.

“I have played soc­cer at Fre­man­tle United in the Masters level for the past eight or nine years,” he said.

“I play bas­ket­ball, ten­nis, squash, but ocean swim­ming is the clos­est I get to reg­u­lar fit­ness al­though I’m not sure how fit I am.

“When I am at Par­lia­ment on week­day morn­ings you can wake up ear­lier and play some sport like bas­ket­ball or soc­cer.”

The for­mer writer said he also loved read­ing, cook­ing, puz­zles and maths prob­lems as a way to re­lax, as well as visit his favourite places in Fre­man­tle.

“I re­ally en­joy tak­ing my fam­ily to the Shang­hai Sheds for an early din­ner or when­ever we have guests from over east get­ting fish and chips and eat­ing them on Mon­u­ment Hill,” he said.

“My cur­rent project I’ve been do­ing at home is sort­ing out all the Lego we have at home and or­gan­is­ing it all into tubs with all the in­struc­tions.

“I like do­ing things around the house like paint­ing, even though I may not be the best handy­man.

“I re­ally do en­joy cook­ing. My favourite dish is lasagne and I’m pretty good at mak­ing cheese twists.” Leah Roberts

Fre­man­tle MHR Josh Wil­son show­ing some fancy foot­work in a game of soc­cer.

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