League, golf and his son

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

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?

Snatch.

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

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