In 2013 and 2015 I volunteered at the Sydney Writer’s Festival, taking on various responsibilities as an usher, crowd co-ordinator and escort for famous writers between the green room and the stage.
Between 2001 and 2008 I helped serve breakfast to some of Sydney’s homeless at the Matthew Talbot hostel, helping serve breakfast to Sydney’s homeless community.
I’ve also been to various conferences including UX Australia, Web Directions and the sadly defunct Oz-IA – with the next target at time of writing being either WebStock in Wellington, NZ or South by Southwest (SxSW) in Austin, Texas.
Sport and fitness things
With mostly Australian DNA, I’ve always been passionate about sport, even more so after high school when I finally grew an extra foot and didn’t have to hit people in the kneecaps to compete.
Running is what I do most of, with a host of races under my belt mostly across 10km (PB: 39:03), the 14km Sydney City to Surf (PB 55:09) and half-marathons (PB 84:32). In 2009 I was even foolish enough to run the full 42.195km marathon, and wrote about it as a reminder should I be tempted again. My best result was probably the JP Morgan in 2010, where I was 4th wheel in the men’s team for CommBank finishing 2nd behind ING Direct – not a bad effort given they had Olympic finalist Ben St Lawrence leading them!
In addition, I spend a lot of years as a gym instructor across Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and Dublin, plus various stints playing competitive tennis, squash and golf, even managing (on handicap) to win a couple of tournaments at Lofoten Links in Norway.