HIGHFIELDS FACE OF WEETWOOD
2017 Face of Weetwood Robyn Carter loves calling Highfields home
Robyn and Hamish Carter share what it’s like to live in Highfields
Highfields local Robyn Carter does not love the limelight, in fact when she was announced as the 2017 Face of Weetwood she was admittedly a little nervous about the media appearances.
She is more at home when surrounded by teenagers, having clocked up 11 years as a teacher at Downlands College.
“I love the kids, teenagers are hard work but they’re beautiful natured kids,” Robyn says.
“Especially the Downlands kids — a lot are country kids — good, down-to-earth kids who love having fun and love their sport. “They are well-rounded.” Robyn is accomplished in her own right, previously working as an accountant before becoming a teacher.
She now teaches food technology and home economics, a different vein entirely from accounting.
“I’ve always had an interest in fashion and have made two headpieces lately,” she says.
It’s her contribution to the community however that positioned her as an ideal candidate for the Face of Weetwood.
Robyn coaches basketball and touch teams after school and also holds the position of swimming coordinator at Downlands College.
“I like to teach a lot about nutrition, healthy eating and basic life skills,” Robyn says. “I have quite an interest in it and have had for a while.” She is thoroughly looking forward to Weetwood race day, and the excuse to dress up.
“My style is very black, it’s definitely my signature colour — black and white.” “When I dress up for races I really like the classic style. “I really let the cut of a fabric be the feature, I like a little bit of edginess in my look; brands such as Cue, Seed and Country
Robyn is a big fan of the sophisticated event the Weetwood has grown into, particularly how it has evolved over the past three years.
“I’m looking forward to being involved in all aspects, particularly in this role. “In past years it has really stepped up a lot.” This year Robyn will judge Fashions On The Field, along with Karen Wade who won the contest last year.
“The Toowoomba girls are really great at doing all the fashion, and a lot of the girls make their own which is really cool,” Robyn says.
Robyn, her husband Hamish (funny man from Hit FM radio) and their two boys Sam (soon turning six) and Adam (three-and-a-half), have called Highfields home for six years.
The move was a serendipitous one, as Hamish and Robyn had discussed moving from their home in Rangeville to a place they could raise a family with a bigger backyard and more room for children to play.
The very day they made the move out to the leafy, spacious suburb of Highfields, Robyn found out she was pregnant with Sam.
“As soon as we found out we started trying to renovate the house,” Robyn laughs.
The Carter family live on just under an acre in the older part of Highfields, which they love for the bigger blocks and greenery.
She says they have been delighted with the friendliness of locals. “Even the teenagers say hello when you’re out running!” “You can’t go up to the shops without running into someone and we always go to the cul-de-sac party in our neighbourhood.
“The neighbours… everyone is so friendly and we love that — we do a lot of running and walking of our dogs.”
The thing the Carters most prize about Highfields is the community culture.
This was highlighted when six months ago three-year-old Adam found a purple Sharpie marker and set about drawing up both sides of the freshly painted hallway, on all the newly mounted doors, and even behind his bedroom door, just for good measure.
Hamish uploaded a video to the Hit FM Facebook page of a very proud Adam showing his dad his handiwork.
That week when they were out and about around Highfields a lady at a local shop remarked, “Oh, here’s the little artist.”
Both Hamish and Robyn lead busy lives, with Robyn coaching sport and Hamish having run a taekwondo club in Toowoomba for the last 15 years.
“Hamish is a third degree black belt so he and the boys are often out in the backyard doing kicks and things like that all the time,” Robyn says.
With their different schedules and heavy workloads they love the sanctuary of their home amongst the gumtrees.
Some of their favourite local locations include Kerb Café and Gelato, the Chocolate Cottage, Danish Flower Art and Peacehaven Park. “We have lots of picnics with friends there,” Robyn says. “Most of the time we are hanging out with the neighbours or taking the dogs to the off-leash parks.”
For now, Robyn is looking forward to her role as Weetwood ambassador.
“I’m just excited to meet new people, I think people tend to think that Hamish and I lead an extravagant lifestyle or have celebrity friends,” she laughs.
“But we don’t; we are very basic people and are so busy with sport and work that we don’t get out enough.
“So this is a really good opportunity to meet some new people around Toowoomba.”
Make sure to say hello to Robyn when you see her at Weetwood this year.
Even the teenagers say hello when you’re out running!