League, golf and his son
WHEN he’s not in the classroom, James Van Gelderen is either running around after his son, following his beloved St George Illawarra Dragons or playing a round at the Proserpine Golf Club.
The Whitsunday Christian College deputy principal has been in the region for four years, having moved here after working at public and private schools in New South Wales.
“I’m loving it here. We bought a house last year and I’m really enjoying the area,” he said.
Outside of school, Elijah keeps James on his toes.
“In my spare time I spend a lot of time with my son Elijah and we’re expecting another (child) in August,” he said.
“Other than that, I like playing a bit of golf in Prossie, taking (Elijah) to the beach and hanging out.” James also plays touch football at the Whitsunday Sportspark with Heatstroke.
What do you do to chill out?
Play with my son Elijah and play golf.
Where is the best place to eat in the Whitsundays?
There are too many places to choose from. We enjoy going out for dinner and even breakfast.
What’s your favourite movie?
Plans for the next 12 months?
The second child is on the way but other than that, fix up the garden at home. We’re also hoping to go back home (to St George) at Christmas.
Any last words?
Treat others as you want to be treated.
ACTIVE: James Van Gelderen enjoys a hit at golf when he's not chasing after his son Elijah. Photo: Keagan Ryan