Describe yourself in three words - Honest, focused, restless
What is your favourite school memory? My favourite school memory was representing Western Australia in an ABC television production called Christmas Around Australia (or something like that). We were learning Italian in Year 6 and going to school in South Fremantle, my class was chosen to sing a Christmas carol in Italian, down at Cicerello’s jetty in the fishing boat harbour. I did not contribute greatly to the singing though! We were very excited about being on television.
What was your favourite school subject? Physics (is that nerdy?)
As a child, what did you want to ‘be when you grew up?’ I did not really have a goal to play AFL, but I knew I would play footy throughout my life, such was my love of the game.
Why do you think education is important? Education shapes our knowledge and gives us the ability to interpret the world’s happenings in a way that fits our personalities. Education assists us to be able to cope with the many opportunities that present themselves to us due to our practice of identification, interpretation and decision making.
What is the best part about being involved in organised sport? FUN.
What does parental engagement mean to you? It means listening and guiding without coercing. We try to help our kids comprehend things by working through it themselves with some gentle assistance from ourselves.
What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year-old self? Trust must be earned but not withheld.
Tell us a joke! When Geelong’s Billy Brownless played his first game opposed to the Eagle’s Ashley McIntosh (Milli was his nickname) he thought the Eagles players were great guys because they kept yelling down in his direction, things like “you’re going well Billy”, “keep it up Billy, you're going great” and “your winning that battle Billy you star”. Obviously, we were actually saying ‘Milli”!!