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HE’S A FOX SPORTS FOOTY COM­MEN­TA­TOR BY DAY AND A FLOWER DE­LIV­ERY BOY BY NIGHT. FOR THE FIRST TIME, ANDREW VOSS RE­VEALS HIS SE­CRET DOU­BLE LIFE

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Andrew Voss’s se­cret life as a flower de­liv­ery boy.

From the age of seven, all I wanted to do was be a rugby league com­men­ta­tor. My dad died when I was eight and I think rugby league re­ally be­came my world af­ter that. I fell in love with the sport and it be­came a mas­sive part of my life. I’ve been a com­men­ta­tor for more than 30 years now.

Peo­ple are stag­gered when they find out that I’m also a flower buyer and de­liv­ery boy. Most of my col­leagues go into shock when I tell them. I started help­ing my wife Si­mone with her cor­po­rate floristry busi­ness, Fleur Syd­ney, 18 months ago. Si­mone is also a pro­fes­sional make-up artist, so when she in­creased her make-up work, I had to step up and do the buy­ing, clean the vases and make the de­liv­er­ies.

There are no shortcuts with floristry. When I get to the Syd­ney Flower Mar­ket at 5am, I need to know my ra­nun­cu­lus from my pe­onies, what’s good qual­ity and what’s not. I’ve en­joyed learn­ing all of that – it’s to­tally out of my skill set.

When I started, I thought, “How the hell am I go­ing to learn all these flower names?” It was do­ing my head in so I printed out pho­tos of the flow­ers with their ba­sic names and made a scrap­book. I call it Flow­ers For Dum­mies.

I strive to hear two words ev­ery week from my wife: “Good buy­ing.” That means I’ve done my job. I’m proud when I see what Si­mone puts to­gether with what I bought.

As the de­liv­ery­man, I’ve turned up at pubs to drop off flow­ers and they’ve had Fox Sports on the TV with a game I’ve called. I get recog­nised a lot and I’ve had a few weird looks. I’m often wear­ing a cap so I pull it down a lit­tle fur­ther…

Jug­gling my footy and flower ca­reers is a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion. I have to stay on top of things. I’m al­ways mov­ing but that’s OK be­cause I can’t sit still any­way.

Since start­ing in the flower in­dus­try, I have learnt that you don’t

need to do one job your whole life. It’s not such a bad thing to broaden your hori­zons and ex­plore what else is out there.

I’m re­ally glad that I’ve been in­tro­duced to the flower game. It’s a good in­dus­try to work in – no one’s un­happy when they get flow­ers. I can de­clare, hand on my heart, that I’m proud to be a flower boy.

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