What do you do?
I’m a leading firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW based at Albury. I also coach athletes in mindset specific fields of their sport.
Have you always done those things?
I’ve been with FRNSW for 15 years and a performance coach 10 years. Previous to this I was a concreter.
How long have you lived in the area?
I’ve lived in Wandi for four years now and won’t be moving anytime soon.
Your also a trail runner, Is that something you’ve always done?
Trail running for me was more of a secondary result of just going out and exploring. As a kid I was always into doing things outdoors, when I was old enough to start my own adventures I would grab my dog and we’d just head for the mountains. Sometimes we’d come back that day, sometimes we’d come back another day. These were well and truly some of the best adventures of my life. After doing this a while a good friend of mine introduced me to trail running and it seemed quite fun to be able to do a similar adventure as I would with Busta but on a course and quite often in beautiful mountains. Within a couple of years, I was competing all around the world in mountain races up to 200km long.
How does this area in terms of trail running compare to other places around the world?
When I first started competing in the bigger mountain races overseas I would travel to Bright and the Alpine region to train. The trail and mountains here are without doubt some of the most beautiful and amazing in our country. You can literally be on the trail from your home in a couple of minutes and we have a great network of trails throughout the valley and surrounding areas. Even after competing in bigger mountain regions around the world, I always love coming home. From the snow gums to the pine forests this is a unique place to run.
You’re one of the organisers of a new running event Wandi Cross which took place over the weekend, what did you try and create there?
The Wandi Cross is simply about getting people out into the mountains. Its inspired by a style of running I have done a lot overseas called Skyrunning. It’s as simple as let’s get to the top of that mountain and back as quick as we can. We had a combination of quite technical trail, flowing single trail and sections of off-trail to give people a real experience of getting into nature. This year we offered a 27km, 14km and 5km distances. All of them use a trail some friends of mine and I created called the goat track which takes you straight to the top of Mystic Mountain. The event is not-for-profit with proceeds being put towards outdoor equipment and outdoor experiences for kids at Wandiligong Primary School.
What else do you enjoy in your spare time?
Spending time adventuring with my wife and two kids. Playing with our border collie, riding our horses, rock climbing, paragliding, skiing, pretty much anything outdoors is good for me. I also have a tendency to be seen at Sixpence Coffee most days of the week.