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I have the misfortune of getting sick every time we go on a holiday. It’s very annoying for me and my fiancé, Cooper. Recently we went to Sydney, all ready to wine and dine for four fun nights, only for me to fall ill with a virus and be bed ridden for the majority of the time. In sweet form, Cooper headed off to the pharmacy and returned with supplies, tucked me in, made sure I was ok and kept me company even though I really was at my worst.This occasion was reminiscent of another, when we’d booked a New Year’s Eve stay in the fun seaside city of Brighton, England. Congested and fluey, there was no way I was able to ring in 2013 in any form I’d imagined. We sat in bed in a typically small UK hotel room watching the reality stars of Made in Chelsea (I love it!) sip champagne in their annual NYE television special, while outside the real party raged on and fireworks illuminated the sky. To me, that’s love − when someone chooses to hang out with you despite the other options really being more appealing; when someone puts your needs before theirs, and when they accept you, even if your taste in television really is dreadful.
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Want to grow your business in 2014? Get it Magazine and partners are hosting a series of informative and inexpensive social media, business, blogging and marketing workshops in the first half of the year. Register now to find out more information and be on the list for discounted early-bird rates. More at sugoimedia.com/GetitGoing Stand Up Paddle Boarding continues to increase in popularity, so why not wave goodbye to summer while cruising on a hired board at your own pace. Have a lesson and learn a few techniques at Paradise Point Parklands on 9 February for as little as $10. Be sure to book though, as the rest of the Gold Coast may have the same idea! More on 0416 075 994
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Sparky’s Farmyard Hoedown at Mermaid Waters is an interactive carnival that enables the little ones to explore their imaginative and creative sides. Entry is $15 per child or $60 for groups of four, on 23 February. Adults are welcome to join in on the fun. More at sparkydodah.com.au Do you have musical talent that is dying to be heard? The Gold Coast Acoustic Music Club may be the perfect solution. The club meets regularly in Nerang for jam sessions, and on 22 February Slim Pickens and Dr Baz will bring their old blues and roots inspired tunes to the gathering. More at coastacoustics.com.au Head along to the Highland Park Street Meet + Movie Night on 22 February from 5pm, get to know your neighbours, enjoy a great afternoon of relaxation and unwind in style. Bring a picnic, some cool drinks and stick around for the free movie, Madagascar 3, starting at 7pm. More on 5581 5272 Have you dropped by the Varsity Vibe Markets yet? It’s a new twilight markets concept that has the town talking. Enjoy gourmet foods, fresh produce, street stalls and live music all night long. There is something for everyone at the markets including boutique beer and wine stalls that are sure to please the crowd. More on 0405 310 056 or facebook.com/varsityvibe
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ENTERTAINMENT with Riana Horner
Riana Horner meets internationally renowned performer, Shannon Holtzapffel, who has returned to Australia to judge the new season of So You Think You Can Dance, airing this month on Network Ten You have had an amazing journey throughout your dance career, what are your first memories of dancing? I know it’s hard to believe, but I remember dancing from probably two years old when I was attempting to do the Moon Walk. I would watch MTV and copy Michael Jackson. That would definitely be my first memory, I was always trying out his moves. Since then what has been your most cherished moment of your dancing life? Actually, relating to my first memory of dancing, my most memorable moment would be dancing for Michael Jackson when I was chosen for This Is It in Los Angeles. That must have been such an extraordinary time? Yes, it was the highest of highest moments to be Michael’s principal dancer. As we know, the tour got cancelled so it was also a low time for a lot of us. I had the most amazing experience working with him and just being at that level, following a lifelong dream stemming from childhood. What does it take to impress you on So You Think You Can Dance? The most important thing for me as a judge is I want to find the best talent in Australia, and that they can actually dance! There is a whole variety of things we are looking for across the board of dance genres, from ballerinas to hip hop artists, and everything in between. We are looking for people who have technique, great training, passion and dedication; and to know that a lot of hard work went into it. I’ve got to tell you with the top 20, you will not be disappointed. We have found immense talent and I honestly am so happy to be back in Australia at the moment and be amongst such inspiring, great talent. It’s an honour. Who do you think is the toughest judge? What’s great about this judging panel is we have all bonded so well and we are here to support the kids, we are not here to be tough on them. I mean we are going to be hard on them, don’t get me wrong, but you are going to find the judging panel on the new season to be very supportive and we are on their side. We want to encourage them to do their best. We know it’s a tough world but you are going to see a very different dynamic to what you have seen before. What would you say is the biggest challenge when judging? Actually having to turn great dancers away. They’re fighting for only 20 positions and I can tell you we would have loved to have February 2014
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songs in America and played alongside international stars like Bryan Adams. In fact, the story of how Rick and Casey met while ordering lunch in Nashville could be fodder for a song in itself. Casey was in town on a ‘hope’ visit − hoping to be inspired for writing his next album. While he was ordering a sandwich, Rick heard his Aussie accent and, as we all do when abroad, commented, “Hey, you’re Aussie!” They got chatting and Casey told him why he was in Nashville on his own, so Rick offered to assist and then they started writing! The rest, as they say, is history. Catch this pair of dynamic, engaging and talented performers as part of Rick Price’s long awaited 2014 River Tour. This show will feature Casey’s new single Valentine, which he wrote with Rick in Nashville. Rick Price with support act Casey Barnes will perform in The Basement, Saturday 15 February. Tickets $30 (adult), $26 (concession). Doors and bar open at 6:30pm; Showtime 7:30pm. Bookings on P 5588 4000 or theartscentregc.com.au/whats-on February 2014
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Surfing champion, Piping Hot team rider and gorgeous Kingscliff local, Codie Klein, spares five minutes in her busy schedule for Get it What have the past six months been like for you as part of the Piping Hot Team Rider program? Some of the weirdest of my life! I signed with Piping Hot (pipinghot.com.au) in June ‘13 and did my first contest as part of their team in early July for the Coffs Harbour pro junior where I came third. Then a week later just before I was about to leave for America and Europe I injured my knee while training, tearing my meniscus, undergoing surgery and was out of the water for three months. Missing both my trips and not being able to surf was so hard, but Piping Hot have been so great to me through the injury and I have been given the all clear from my surgeon, so I’ll be good to surf again soon; I am so excited to be back surfing and representing Piping Hot. What achievement from 2013 are you most proud of? I have a few. Coming second at the ISA world games in Panama was definitely my highlight. Also signing with Piping Hot, and just how I have handled my injury and learnt so much about myself and my body. Where have you travelled to recently, and do you have any favourite memories from countries or cities you’ve competed in? Over the past two years I’ve been all around from Peru to Panama, through LA over to Hawaii February 2014
and parts of Asia. I am so lucky to have all those experiences I think every country presents its own special experience. Pans (Panama) was very unique for me. I have never seen so many different cultures in one country. To drive through a massive city then through slums and then four hours down the road where we competed was like a tropical paradise. I think it will always be a special experience for me doing well over there as part of the Australian team. What’s a day in the life of Codie Klein like? When I am surfing it’s basically wake up with the sun, go surfing for a few hours, then head off to training at either Surfing Australia or the Casuarina rec centre. Then I head off to uni for a class or two and back for a surf in the afternoon. I live a really busy life but I love it and I embrace all the opportunities I’ve been given. You’re studying commerce and finance at Bond Uni; why did you decide on this particular degree? I am doing a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting and a minor in finance. I’ve always loved numbers and I am lucky enough to be on a scholarship at Bond. I only study part time so I can still focus on surfing. I love the satisfaction of solving massive equations and it’s a degree that later in life I can use anywhere in the world. 16
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COVER FEATURE with Samantha Jayne
Love GAME Samantha Jayne is renowned as one of Australia’s top love matchmakers, and for years she has been committed to helping individuals find their perfect match. She spills the beans for our special love issue on where we’re going wrong in the game of love
atchmaking is my business. I’m great at it and I love connecting people. I get to play the really well-connected friend, the one who knows a wide network of people and inevitably the one you’ll hit it off with. You’ve probably seen matchmakers referenced on television or in the news, and the reason people are enjoying working with matchmakers nowadays, is because no one really wants to hang out in a pub or club to find a genuine connection, right? I’ve met lots of people, from all walks of life, and I’ve noticed there is a pattern in what most are doing wrong when it comes to the search for love. In a nutshell, criteria lists are too long and extreme, and these days we’re all work and not enough play. Adjustments to lifestyle and attitudes have meant I’ve played witness to a wonderful number of success stories, including marriages, one couple enjoying parenthood with triplets, and many more with happy relationships where the individuals involved thought they’d never find love. It’s exciting for me to be able to make people happy, all in a day’s work. I’ve certainly seen some pretty interesting ‘selection criteria’ come across my desk. I once worked with a lady who wouldn’t date a man based on how he pronounced the latter H; I had a surgeon who was very stuck on a particular height within a three centimetre range, and another client who would only date a person born in February 2014
a specific month. I even met a man once who came to me after he had over 500 dates and not one relationship. As you can imagine, he was exhausted and felt like a complete failure. What he didn’t know was that he was going on his dates expecting to fail and that was exactly what he was doing. He was selfsabotaging, and I only agreed to work with him once he committed to change. This readjustment in mentality did take a lot of coaching, however in the end he found love. But a lesson to everyone, be mindful − are you subconsciously setting out to fail, and if so, why? What I do know, is behind every extensive list of selection criteria is a anxious individual who wants to find The One, but without even realising it, this long list is keeping them single as no one will meet their criteria. As a result, on some levels people feel safer, as they don’t have to put their heart on the line. But, loneliness ensues. 18
The good news is, if you want to find love you will. All it takes is getting out of your head and into your heart. What I mean by this, is fall in love like you did when you were a teenager. And, as mentioned, I’ve found that most singles struggling to find a partner have forgotten how to have fun; life balance is out of alignment and they’ve lost the ability to enjoy ‘me time’. Dating and attracting the right person is all about how to best represent yourself. I can assure you that just because one has achieved professional success, doesn’t mean dating will come naturally to him or her. In fact, in my experience, it’s quite the opposite. All those extra hours spent working hard to build your career profile ultimately comes with sacrifice. The thing is, missed social events, gatherings and parties are all missed opportunities to let your hair down, meet new people and develop relationship skills. On initial encounters, see the person in front of you for who they really are, not their potential. Take your criteria list,
See the person in front of you for who they really are, not their potential. Take your criteria list, scrunch it up, and make your mind up based on connection and values
scrunch it up, and make your mind up based on connection and values. For a relationship to work it’s critical to be with someone whose values align with your own, especially when it comes to important areas like family, lifestyle (e.g. smoking, drinking, health), views on fidelity, financial goals and interests. You don’t have to date your identical twin, but you do need to want the same things out of life. Birds of a feather really do flock together, and opposites attract but only in the short term. Take your time before you make your mind up. Three dates is the magic number before you should decide on whether there is relationship potential. Expect date one to be a disaster and awkward. This is normal. After all, you don’t know each other and are both probably nervous and trying to impress, not to mention have your judgemental hats on. Take an interest in your date, ask questions, find out what makes them tick and most importantly be positive and have fun. You know how it happens − you’ll fall in love when you least expect it!
MATCHMAKER SECRETS: HOW TO WIN IN LOVE l Let your hair down. Go out and meet new people. Your dream partner is not going to knock at your door, you need to take action and get yourself out there. l Be open and honest. The truth always comes out in the end. Be proud of who you are and reveal the real you. Vulnerability takes courage and pays off if you want a genuine relationship. l Be refreshing, polish your image. You’ve heard it said before, and it’s true, if you look and feel your best you’ll attract the best. Purchase some new threads, book in for that hairstyle you have been considering, and start a hobby you’ve always dreamed of. l Search for someone with the same values and interests. It will help in the long term. Couples that play together stay together. Imagine if you enjoyed the same music, concerts and sporting events. How much fun would you have! l Be the kind of person you want to date. Are you looking for someone positive,
upbeat, fun and genuine? Well, be just that. You’ll attract the same qualities when you are feeling fantastic. l Be spontaneous even when you’re exclusive. Passion is the key to a lasting relationship. Light your mate’s fire, find out what they really desire. l If you like someone, tell them. Never assume knowledge. l No one has a type. Instead, people choose to date the same kind of people because they feel comfortable doing so. Everyone’s different. Embrace each other’s unique story and try something new, you never know what might happen. l And above all, have fun! Remember, it’s not work. All work and no play is no fun for anyone. Balance is so important.
Samantha Jayne is a human behavioural expert. She’s certified by the Matchmaking Institute of New York, and is the director Australia’s prestigious and private matchmaking agency, Blue Label Life (bluelabellife.com. au) and founder of makemencommit.com.
First date etiquette Christie Sharpe, Gold Coaster and creator of dating app, Fancied (getFancied.com), shares her top 5 tips on how to conduct yourself on what can often prove to be a stressful and challenging event...
DO: Dress to impress. Make an effort with your appearance, as first impressions are the ones that will stick around. If you turn up looking scruffy it’ll just show the other person that their opinion of you isn’t important.
DON’T: Talk about your ex. You’ll either end up giving off the idea that you’re not over your ex or still bitter about the break-up. Leave the past in the past and move on.
DO: Ask questions. Show an interest in the other person’s work or hobbies. Not only will they feel as though you have respect for them but you may uncover 19
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DON’T: Gossip. When you talk about others, you simultaneously reveal a negative side of your personality. You want to come across as a positive person – not someone who may bitch about your date afterwards.
DO: Be Yourself. A bit of a cliché but it’s a classic for a reason. There’s no point in pretending to be something you’re not – it’ll be obvious and make you feel more nervous. If they don’t like you for who you are, they aren’t the right person for you. February 2014
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VALENTINE’S DAY: love stories
Prepare to smile as four Get it readers share their most romantic moment for our special love issue
Michelle + Hamish − in Michelle Lacey’s words ’ve known Hamish McDonald for a long time. For ten years in fact. We had been dating for about four years before he proposed to me in Paris in July last year. We had planned a Europe trip of a lifetime. Our adventures began with a two week stopover in Hong Kong, where we explored the city’s bustling streets and electric nightlife. We then flew direct to Paris, eager to explore the city of love. It wasn’t my first time to the romantic city, as I had visited Paris with a girlfriend when I was 18. For years I raved about the city, remembering the gorgeous French patisseries and not forgetting the little laneways with dozens of ‘people watchers’ sitting outside cafes, lining the sidewalks blowing clouds of smoke high into the air. It is a magical city with so many French clichés, and I’ve always loved that. On our first morning in Paris we had an early breakfast at our hotel. We were staying just two blocks away from the city’s iconic Arc de Triomphe, so that was our first stop for the day. We had to walk underground, underneath the city’s busiest roundabouts to reach the impressive monument. It was only 8am on a Saturday morning, so we had the entire place to ourselves. Located directly underneath the arch I was busy taking pictures of the beautiful carvings, little did I know what Hamish was about to do. First, he asked me to take a seat, motioning for me to sit on a large concrete slab nearby. “No, I’m fine thanks,” I replied, thinking nothing of it and continued taking photos. A moment later, he stood right in front of me holding a little red box in his hands. It was a confusing moment because I don’t usually deal too well with surprises. It wasn’t until he opened the box that I fully realised what was happening. I couldn’t help but laugh nervously and begin to cry. How had I not picked up on this sooner? My best friend asked me to marry him under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and I couldn’t be happier. The ring fitted perfectly. February 2014
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Hamish said he’d secretively purchased it during our two weeks in Hong Kong! After making phone calls to our families to tell them the exciting news, it felt only natural that we should find the closest convenience store, buy their most expensive champagne and head towards the lawn underneath the Eiffel Tower. And that’s exactly what we did.
decided to do our own countdown. During the countdown Ryan played our favourite song. I thought it was cute that he was starting off the year with our song. Then all of the sudden he was down on his knee. With a big lump in his throat, he told me how much he loves me and wants to spend the rest of his life with me and proposed. I could not believe it. I was crying and had the biggest smile on my face at the same time. Of course I said yes! Our friends captured the moment on camera and we had champagne to celebrate. It was the best New Year’s Eve ever, and we cannot wait to celebrate our engagement with our family and friends in the coming months.
Ryan + Denyka − in Denyka Roberson’s words yan and I met nearly six years ago when he asked if he could sit beside me in a lecture at university. We have been inseparable ever since. We had joked about getting married and being the man he is, I knew he would want it to be a surprise and propose when I least expected it! For New Year’s, we decided to spend the night at our friend’s house. Both Ryan and my friend had set alarms for ten minutes before midnight. During that day I had a feeling that something big was going to happen that night – thinking that someone in our group of friends would announce an engagement or pregnancy. Ryan seemed calm and normal the whole night and I was not suspicious at all. Close to midnight, my friend suggested we head outside for a better view of the fireworks. We made our way up a hill and Ryan came up shortly after. There were so many fireworks in all directions that we 30
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Neil + Leisa − in Leisa Anderson’s words t was a beautiful south-east Queensland April day, the wind had dropped and the sky was blue and cloudless. It had started out as a normal Sunday morning − a sleep in, lazy breakfast and we were considering what to do for the rest of the day. Neil had had a full on couple of weeks at work and had been really distracted the previous weekend, going into town about four times on the one day citing forgotten shopping items. I was worried that he might be getting overly stressed at work and was trying to think of something
to do that he would really enjoy. As we were discussing it, he suggested we should get dressed and go to a nearby winery that we hadn’t gotten around to visiting yet. Great I thought, a nice relaxing afternoon! We embarked on our day’s road trip, and as we were near Toowoomba, I made an offhanded comment that we should have gone and climbed Tabletop Mountain on such a nice day, since we’d also been planning to do that for ages. He turned off the main highway and said, “Well we can at least go and see the view from the lookout.” Whenever we were in the area, we’d try to fit in a drive up there − anyone familiar with the region will agree the views across the Lockyer Valley are peaceful and sublime, so I thought nothing of this side trip. We wandered around for a while, taking in the scenery and chatting, and then Neil put his arms around me. We stayed like this for a while and then he kissed me. With his arms around me he said that he had something for me. Being totally oblivious to what was happening, I said, “Oh what would that be?” He reached into his pocket, pulled out a box, got down on one knee and asked, “Would you be my wife?” Stunned, I reached down to kiss him and he slid the ring onto my finger. It was absolutely gorgeous! He had chosen it the weekend before when he had gone into town so many times. He had come back home one of those times to borrow one of my rings to get the correct sizing. No wonder
I thought he was acting so strangely! We are getting married in May and are looking forward to the rest of our lives together.
Renee + Shannon − in Renee Pask’s words hannon was overseas travelling for four months and started to miss me four weeks in. I was so excited when he offered to fly me over to London to spend a few weeks with him! Of course I accepted the offer and the first night I arrived in London he said, “Can you check my flight tickets and tell me when I’m off to Spain?” I reluctantly agreed, wondering why he wouldn’t have bothered to check this because he had had months to do it already. I opened his flight wallet and had one of those ‘wow’ moments when I found tickets in both our names for flights to Paris the following day. I was over the moon! We headed off to Paris and on the first
night Shannon took me out for dinner, and then wanted to head over to the Eiffel Tower. As lovely as that sounded, I’d already started yawning and suggested we could go the next night. Little did I know he had the ring in his pocket the whole time. Patiently he agreed, and the next night packed the camera, a rug, bottle of red and off we went to spend some time lounging around (so I thought) in one of the world’s most romantic spaces. We were laying under the Tower admiring the scenery when I noticed in front of us that people were setting up a romantic white linen rug on the grass with candles and wine. I laughed and remarked to Shannon that it looked like there was a proposal about to happen. At that moment he was on his knees ready to ask me, but thought twice and put the ring in his pocket. He sat back for a second as I joked and threatened to call out to warn the couple in front, “Don’t do it!” Next thing I knew, he was on his knee and without hesitating this time, pulled out the ring he’d been holding onto all this time, and said, “Oh for God’s sake Renee, will you marry me?” I laughed and cried and felt pretty bad for kidding around about the other couple, little had I known it was about to be me. He prompted after a few seconds, “Well you haven’t answered...?” “Yes yes yes!” I finally and happily replied.
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or most of my life, I was overweight. Not to enormous proportions but about 20kg too much, just enough to feel uncomfortable, unattractive, miserable and like I was missing out on my life. I was tired, lazy, feeling hopeless and when it came to food, sometimes it felt totally out of control. I tried popular diets and punished myself with rigorous exercise. Ever hopeful that this time it would all magically fall into place and I could have the charmed life that others seemed to be having, frolicking on the beach in a bikini without a care in the world. Alas, it didn’t happen. The scenario was more like lapsing to overeat even more often because of the starvation diet torture. Hurting so much from the exercise that a few days recovery was required each time and the dread to go back to it was overwhelming, so I just didn’t. And you can hear the common rhetoric chants in your head – ‘its just willpower, a little discipline, a little self control.’ Making you feel even worse because you couldn’t do it. The vicious cycle would spin more out of control and seem even more out of reach to the point of despair. I’m not sure how many times I tried to start again and said to myself, ‘from Monday I will be good’. Whatever that meant. Then one time in my life I read an article that claimed ‘diets didn’t work’. I was living proof of that fact but I couldn’t quite work out what was supposed to work instead. After I stopped dieting and ate what I thought were normal portions and put on another 5kg, I started to panic, what was I supposed to do now? February 2014
One day I decided that was it – no more thinking about food, planning to eat, measuring food, counting calories or trying to lose weight. The plan was to eat whatever was around when I was hungry and just go and enjoy my life, as the preoccupation with weight loss certainly didn’t bring me any joy, especially because it wasn’t working! While I didn’t lose any weight, at least I stabilised and didn’t put on any more which was a victory in itself. Then with my mind focussed on just being happy, I started to notice how different foods made me feel, just out of curiosity more than anything else. Certain foods made me tired, others made 34
me energetic, some made me clogged up and others made me feel wired and out of control. I wanted to be informed, so I read articles and books about foods and nutrition with this newfound awareness. I would just see if it worked for me or not in terms of how it felt with a completely open mind, rather than with a preoccupation with weight loss. It was a slow process over many years and really without conscious attention to it, more like continuing to do what felt good and letting go of anything that didn’t. For example an article on meat and how difficult it is for the body to break down and
digest, led me to see how it felt for me – I felt tired and lethargic after eating it and clogged up for days afterwards. I started to eat less and less of it and felt better and better. Refined sugar and any food with sugar in it made me wired and crazy for about an hour, then moody thereafter leading to a total obsession with eating more, working out when I was going to eat more and then never being able to stop at the one piece when I did eat it. Unless I finished the whole packet or felt sick, there was no stopping me where sugar was concerned. This is interesting in itself, as the common belief is that the person is lacking in willpower, self-control or determination if they can’t stop at one serving. I’m here to tell you that sometimes it’s not about the person at all but the food you are eating. How do I know this? Because when I stopped eating sugar and replaced it with other sweeteners that included vitamins and minerals, which the body is actually craving, the overeating completely stopped. I can make a whole batch of my chocolate tweets recipe, now made from raw cacao and organic maple syrup, which tastes amazing and just eat one or two. Completely enough. The whole week’s supply is in the fridge and it stays there without any willpower required on
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hether you’re in a new or long-term relationship, seduction will add spice to any situation. Often people can be shy to initiate, but think of it like this: seduction is a little like a game that you’re both willing to play and it’s all about confidence. Some might misunderstand ‘seduction’, as unfortunately popular media has implied the term to mean the leading astray of an unsuspecting lover who will be taken advantage of and tossed away. However, continuing to seduce each other in the right way,is a great tactic for keeping a relationship alive. If seduction (or coercion) only ever goes one way, it’s generally a sign that your relationship is in trouble. The partner continually making advances begins to feel that they’re not really attractive to their partner and it leads to resentment and tension. In my view, women are given confusing messages about seduction. We’re supposed to be ever-sexy and seductive, but very rarely ‘give up sex’. Any woman who uses her seductive skills to actually have sex (gasp!) has been in days gone by labelled all manner of terms. It’s no wonder we’re generally coy about our interest in sex! WHAT CAN YOU DO TO EMBRACE YOUR FEMININITY AND MASTER THE ART OF SEDUCTION? Be comfortable with yourself To really master the art of seduction, you need to believe you’re sexy and go in knowing that your partner wants you (and he does!). Confidence is sexy. It comes through in the way you move, the way you speak and all your interactions. Seduction requires you to ‘give a little up’; whichever way you decide to seduce someone, you will need to put yourself out there − and that takes confidence. Take a deep breath, and give it a go. Don’t be afraid to show a little skin, hold eye contact for just a moment longer, walk with a little more swing in your hips, play with your hair. February 2014
Learn to enjoy sex Fifty Shades of Grey has changed things a little for women recently, but we still live in a society that less than 100 years ago believed women didn’t have sexual feelings at all. There’s still an awful lot of shame and embarrassment around it. Many of the clients I see as a sex therapist are embarrassed to even talk about sex with their partners, so it is no surprise their sexual adventures have often all but grounded to a halt. Becoming comfortable having, wanting and enjoying sex is vital to the art of seduction. Make sure when you do have sex, you enjoy it by asking for what you want, spending adequate time ‘warming up’, and regularly trying new things. Balance power Power balance is important in long-term relationships. An imbalance of power usually leads to a subconscious avoidance of sex by the person who feels like they’re not in control.Work to ensure your relationship is a balanced and equitable one to guarantee you both maintain interest in sex and take it in turns initiating. Make the other person think they’re the one in control It’s the ultimate contradiction, but a great way to seduce someone is to have them believe that they are so hot that you just can’t help yourself, you have no other option but to have them. Boosting someone else’s confidence is also a great way to get them in the mood. Hard and fast You know ‘that woman’ − red lipstick, heels, a look in her eye that says, ‘I know what I want’. Think Samantha from Sex and the City. The hard and fast approach might involve greeting your partner wearing nothing but heels and lingerie, or nothing at all. It might be grabbing your partner and kissing them in a way that means only one thing; or walking straight up to someone at a bar and asking to buy them a drink. Slow and subtle Personally, I’ve never been too comfortable with the hard and fast approach. I’m well aware there’s a part of me still clinging to my sweet36
girl-from-the-country origins, despite spending my days talking to people about sex. Seduction can also be subtle; think a more Charlotte-like approach (to reference another character from our favourite show about sex in a big city). Try a glance that says, ‘come and take me’, a gentle brush of the thigh, or simply leaving a nice bottle of massage oil lying somewhere your partner will see it. GET STARTED BY ... l Sexting your partner while they’re at work (as long as they don’t work with anyone under 18!) l Wearing ‘that outfit’ l Offering to give your partner a relaxing massage after their long day l Leaving handcuffs lying suggestively on the bed l Suggesting a candlelit dinner
QUICK TIPS FOR UNLEASHING YOUR SEDUCTIVE SIDE l Take up pole dancing or burlesque. Great for boosting confidence, learning seductive moves and as a bonus, fitness! l Consult a sex therapist to help you break down barriers around sex and boost sexual confidence. l Visit a sexy boutique to pick up some fun tools, like a nice massage oil, a whip or blindfold. l Buy some sexy lingerie to boost confidence and turn your partner on. l Order the fancy champagne − let’s face it, sometimes we just need a bit of Dutch courage to get the party started.
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Sarah Blinco explores four destinations not typically associated with romance (as Venice or Paris are) but that are undoubtedly charming places to discover with the one you love PRAGUE, Czech Republic Where The capital and largest city of the Czech Republic in central Europe; surrounded by countries including Poland, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Why Because Prague is more beautiful than Paris. There, it is said. A big call, I know. Prague, with its irresistible medieval city centre, Vltava River and bridges, extraordinary Prague Castle, famous Old Town Hall Tower + Astronomical Clock’s hourly public show, and landmarks celebrating possibly the most peaceful uprising in history, The Velvet Revolution, which marked the end of communism here. When The best times to visit Prague are during its spring and autumn, when the weather is mild and there are fewer tourists. Summer is busy, and winter can be a little cold (although with that said, Prague blanketed in snow is glorious). You’ll love It’s not so expensive in Prague, and besides the stunning scenery, there’s also many pouryour-own-pint pubs (like beer-factory.cz) which the boys in particular enjoy. If you like to party, Europe’s biggest music club, Karlovy Lazne, is here (karlovylazne.cz), and jazz fans will adore visiting renowned venues Agharta Jazz Centrum (agharta.cz) and Bily Konicek (bilykonicek.com). Be sure to pay the small fee for the view at the top of the Charles Bridge tower − not everyone knows to do it, but this vantage point provides unbeatable views of this absolutely exquisite destination. Sleep Ibis Praha Mala Strana (ibis.com) is inexpensive, clean, colourful, comfortable and conveniently located. PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, Canada Where A maritime province on the far east coast. The smallest in Canada but significant as being the birthplace of Confederation, marked by the famous and very long Confederation Bridge which links PEI with Moncton in New Brunswick. Why What can I say about PEI, “the Gentle Isle”, but that it is divine. I love how tourismpei. February 2014
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You’ll love The seafood, peacefulness, architecture, friendly locals, history, and sublime beauty of this wonderful destination Sleep Anne Shirley Motel & Cottages (anneshirley.ca), of course! THE LAKES DISTRICT, UK Where Northern England, generally accessed by car or train, with key destinations including Lake Windermere (the largest lake in England), the lake-land region of Ullswater which is surrounded by rolling green hills, mysterious stone walls, old homes and pubs, and the market town of Penrith (where the train (nationalrail.co.uk) passes from either Edinburgh or London). Why This dreamy region is famous for inspiring writers like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. It’s fun to hire a car and choose your own adventure across a day or more, depending on
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Australia PORT DOUGLAS, time restraints. There’s plenty to watch, do, see, experience and eat. This is England turning on the charm. When Summer is lovely, but generally The Lakes District is accessible year round. You’ll love Quaint villages surrounded by picturesque lakes, cute dogs, cheeky birds, ice-cream shops and boutique gift stores. Take time out here to be inspired. Sleep Consider staying in the Cumbrian market town of Penrith. There are great transport links to and from all over the UK, it’s a little less tourist and more authentic England than around Windermere. The Roundthorn (roundthorn. co.uk) is excellent − lovely rooms, scenic views and fantastic service. PORT DOUGLAS, Australia Where Far North Queensland, about an hour’s drive from Cairns (visitportdouglasdaintree.com).
Why The Daintree Discovery Centre (daintreerec.com.au) is wonderful − stroll through the rainforest canopy with someone special and experience the true enormity of this beautiful World Heritage park. North Queensland is really the place for adventure seekers though. Here you can take on all manner of reef and rainforest thrills, including Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours (junglesurfing.com.au) − imagine swinging on a flying fox hundreds of metres above the earth gliding from tree platform to tree platform, and then being told to do it upside down. Crazy stuff, but exhilarating! When Any time of year is fun in the north, but generally from April to October the weather is sublime, particularly if you’re planning a special event, for example, a wedding! Port Douglas is one of Australia’s most popular wedding destinations, with plenty on hand to make organising a breeze − just check in with Port Douglas Catering (portdouglascatering.com.au). 39
You’ll love For a romantic interlude with your favourite person, 2 Fish Restaurant (2fishrestaurant. com.au) is the place to try. It has been at the forefront of fine fresh seafood dining for ten years and it does not disappoint. Try the soft shell crabs, Atlantic salmon gravalax, crocodile tail in parma ham and rare kangaroo Thai salad! Sleep The newly refurbished QT Port Douglas’ (qtportdouglas.com.au) plantation style accommodation with its entryway tumbling waterfall and fish pond as the centrepiece immediately puts you in a romantic, relaxed mood. The decor of the resort is chic retro and the attention to detail, even down to the books and bottle collection, gives you the feeling you’re meant to be here to have fun. For a truly great northern adventure, journey up the road from Port Douglas another couple of hours to the top of Queensland, Cape Tribulation, and book in a stay at the gorgeous, environmentally friendly resort, Ferntree Lodge (ferntreerainforestlodge.com.au). February 2014
LIFE COACH with Dr. John Demartini
The longer you hold a grudge, the more likely it is that your negative emotions will take a toll on health. Dr. John Demartini shares steps on how to loosen your grip on those angry feelings
etting upset is one thing. Holding a bitter grudge is another. Over the long term, feelings of resentment can harm your health, explains Dr. John Demartini, one of the world’s leading authorities on human behaviour and personal development. Like other negative emotions, bitterness has physical consequences, including elevated heart rate, high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease. “You have to remember that everything in life is a lesson, it’s instructional. Find the positives that have come from your perceived negative experiences, let go, heal and move on.” Four tips on letting go of a grudge: 1 Identify what the grudge is about. We often lose sight of why we are angry. What action, inaction or trait challenges you (what they did or did not do that you are upset about)? 2 Ask yourself, are you responsible for the same action? It is unwise to judge others when you’ve behaved / are behaving in
Getting overgrudges a similar or comparable fashion. 3 Perception can keep the grudge alive. It is not what happens to you. It is your perception, decisions and actions that resolve the issue. 4 Have a look where the grudge may have benefited you. Every action has two sides – a benefit and a drawback. Writing a list of the positive and negatives of the situation will soften and eliminate the initial anger. Dr. Demartini explains, “By balancing out the emotional charge on the action
or trait, you can liberate yourself from the illusive stress and grudge you started with.”
About Dr John Demartini Dr. Demartini is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on human behaviour and personal development. He is the founder of the Demartini Institute, a private research and education organisation. Dr. Demartini is also the bestselling author of 40 books published in over 29 different languages.
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WELLNESS with Claudette Freeman
Claudette Freeman explains all we need to know about the latest Internet food phenomenon hen someone first told me about mug cakes, I thought they were saying ‘mud’ cakes and so I rattled off a few quirky additions that I like to add to my own recipe, when all of a sudden, I stood corrected mid-speech. I frowned and then gasped; I had simply never heard of a mug cake, but they’re big right now! As is the custom, I Googled. I discovered I’m not the first person to make the mud cake mistake, but also found that a mug cake is just that, made in the microwave in a mug. But what’s the deal; Are they nutritious, do they taste good, how did they evolve, and how do they cook? Mug cakes are popular now for one good reason, they’re quick to create, taking no more than 120 seconds in a microwave to cook, and not a lot of time to prepare. I am not sure whether I like the idea of moving into a new culture of cooking via a microwave though. I love to cook, why would we want to steer away from such a beautiful hobby? I also hardly use my microwave, except for warming on the odd occasion, and I’m dubious about diminishing nutrients following a good cooking in the microwave. Additionally, I was disappointed to discover that the majority of mug cake recipes online, not surprisingly, lacked in nutritional value and included using the likes of white flour, refined sugars and colourings to make a creation look ‘pretty’. I decided on a fair trial of this new phenomenon though, to see if time can be saved while maintaining a healthy balance of ingredients. It was time to try out my first ‘healthy’ mug cake. In the first instance, I wanted to see if it worked, so I literally threw together mashed banana, crushed flaxseeds, coconut flour, an egg and some bicarbonate of soda for one minute. I was astounded by the result − the cake was spongy, soft, warm and bouncy − just like a cake! My little boy loved it and it only took me two minutes to make from start to finish. At that point I realised, there’s definitely something in this. As I got more imaginative, my muddy ‘mug’ cakes began to evolve into some really nice and healthy concoctions, resulting in the recipe below, which I hope you will love. You might be wondering about the size of the cake increasing if ingredients are placed in a mug instead of a smaller cup. In my experience this works, although it might
take a little trial and error to perfect your consistency. It was only after I had seen it in action that I understood how it works, since the bicarbonate of soda makes the cake rise very high while in the microwave, and when it stops it quickly shrinks back to the size it should be. My cake almost looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa coming out from my mug whilst it was whirling around being cooked. My final verdict is that I would consider making healthy mug cakes if I am in a rush before work or perhaps on holidays in a little chalet with the usual offering of a microwave and mini fridge. The mug cake itself definitely gets the thumbs up from me because it’s quick and restricts portion sizes (helps us to avoid over-eating), just be mindful of the ingredients you’re including in the mix.
Claudette Freeman (B.Hlth.Sc.) is a nutritionist and research writer, specialising in weight loss, disease healing and disease prevention by using ‘food as a medicine’. Claudette can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 41
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l ¼ cup of mixed flour (I used 2 tablespoons coconut flour, 2 tablespoons ground cashew meal and 1 tablespoon almond meal) l ¼ mashed banana l 1 egg l 2 tsp coconut oil l 1 tsp coconut nectar or maple syrup l 1 tsp bicarbonate soda l 4 drops of concentrated vanilla extract l 2 mashed blackberries Mix ingredients together add to your favourite mug. Place in microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds (or slightly more if you have a low wattage microwave). Top with added cashews, banana slices and blackberries and enjoy. It really is ‘da bomb’! February 2014
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Forget processed and sugar-coma inducing desserts this Valentine’s Day – Popular foodie and guilt-free recipe guru, Nicole Joy, offers a selection of delicious treats that are just perfect shared with one spoon…
Strawberries + CREAM
Breakfast Tart (SERVES 10)
INGREDIENTS Crust • ½ cup macadamias • ½ cup almonds • ½ cup pecans • ½ cup oats • ½ cup desiccated coconut • 1 Tbsp sunflowers seeds • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed • ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins • 6 medjool dates, pitted • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional) • 1 tsp coconut oil (to grease) Grease the tart tin with coconut oil and set aside. Process the nuts, oats, coconut, sunflower seeds and ground flaxseed until crumbly. Add the cranberries and mix well. Add the dates, one at a time and process until no large chunks remain. Taste and adjust – now’s the time to add the syrup if needed. Pulse again. Press crust down evenly along the bottom and sides of the tart tin and place in the freezer while you prepare the cream filling. Cream filling • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight – rinsed well • 2 Tbsp coconut oil • 1 cup coconut cream + extra • 2 Tbsp maple syrup • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 1 cup of light coloured fresh fruit (banana, mango, peaches, pineapple) Blend all ingredients together, starting with 1 cup of coconut cream, until smooth. Gradually add the extra coconut cream until the entire mixture is smooth and churning consistently. Remove the prepared base from freezer and pour the cream filling on top. Return to freezer for 6-8 hours or overnight for best results. To serve Slice tart into even sized pieces while still frozen and soften at room temperature for 1 hr before serving. Top with fresh strawberries. Best kept in the freezer until needed. Will keep in the fridge for 2 – 3 days.
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Peppermint Cream (SERVES 4)
INGREDIENTS Crust • 2 cups raw almonds • 1 Tbsp chia seeds • 2 Tbsp cacao powder • 2 Tbsp rice syrup • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (+ extra for greasing) • 3 drops essential peppermint oil Process all ingredients until crumbly and the right consistency. Grease the bases and sides of 4 x 10cm springform tins with the extra coconut oil and press crust down evenly, ensuring the bottom and sides are covered. Place in the freezer while you prepare the peppermint cream. Peppermint cream • 1½ cups cashews (soaked overnight) – rinsed well • 1 ripe avocado • 2 Tbsp coconut oil • ¾ cup coconut water + extra • 2 Tbsp honey • 4 drops essential peppermint oil
Chocolate Banana +
Caramel Cake (SERVES 12)
Blend all ingredients, starting with ¾ cup coconut water, until smooth. Taste sweet enough? Adjust if desired. Remove the prepared bases from the freezer and pour the peppermint cream evenly into each one. Return to the freezer for 6-8 hours or overnight for best results.
INGREDIENTS BASE • 1½ cups walnuts • 1½ cups pecans • 2 Tbsp cacao powder • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (+ extra to grease) • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted Process nuts and cacao until crumbly. Add coconut oil, then dates, one at a time and process until no large chunks remain. Add 1 Tbsp cold water at a time until the desired consistency is achieved. Press crust down evenly into the base of the prepared tin. Place in the freezer while you prepare the caramel and banana cream.
To serve Thaw at room temperature for 1 hour before serving and generously drizzle with sugar free chocolate topping (p. 98 of the book)
Caramel • 1/3 cup cashews, soaked overnight – rinsed well • 1 cup dates, • pitted and soaked in 1½ cups water overnight • 3 Tbsp almond butter • 2 Tbsp maple syrup • 1 tsp vanilla extract Drain the dates, being careful not to discard the water. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Remove the prepared base from the freezer and spread a thin amount of the caramel (about ¼ cup) on top. Reserve the remaining caramel for the top of the cake and return the base to the freezer as you prepare the banana cream. Banana cream • 3 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight – rinsed well • 3 Tbsp coconut oil • 1 large ripe banana • 1 cup coconut milk + extra • 2 Tbsp honey • 1 tsp ground cinnamon Blend all ingredients together, starting with 1 cup of coconut milk, until smooth. Gradually add extra coconut milk then remove the prepared base from the freezer and pour the banana mixture evenly on top. Return to freezer for 30 minutes, or until firm to touch. When banana layer is firm, spread the remaining caramel over the top and return to freezer for 6 – 8 hours or overnight for best results. 45
Palazzo Versace: new chef, a mouth-watering summer menu and endless delights... ames Fiske joined Palazzo Versace as Chef de Cuisine of the hotel’s signature Vanitas restaurant in December last year, bringing with him over 18 years experience working in some of the most highly regarded restaurants in the United Kingdom and Europe. His extensive training and background perfectly aligns with the Vanitas experience. James spent many years with the UK’s reputable Macquarie Group of hotels, filling various roles within the groups’ numerous Michelin starred restaurants including The Cleveland Tontine in North Yorkshire, the Star Inn in Harmone, Yorebridge House in Bainbridge, and Newcastle’s Baltic restaurant where he trained with award-winning chef, Marcus Bennett. Originally from a village near Leeds in Northern England, James’ passion for food was sparked as a child, when he spent many hours in the kitchen by his grandmother’s side as she baked and lovingly prepared family meals. This connection with food, happiness and family inspired James to pursue a career as a chef. One of James’ most important food philosophies (and a particular area of his expertise) is to work with local, seasonal produce to create dishes that are innovative and technical but accessible. He enjoys highlighting one hero feature of a dish and crafting everything else on the plate to enhance that one prime element. He admits a large part of what drew him to Palazzo Versace was the opportunity to work with the amazing produce and quality local producers of the Gold Coast and surrounding region. It is with this approach and a desire to introduce a little more theatre into the restaurant, that James hopes to cement Vanitas’ reputation as one of the region’s very best restaurants, and encourages guests to visit not just for dinner, but for an unforgettable dining experience. Menu highlights following James’ influence include entrées of Abalone – wasabi, seaweed, lemon balm, cucumber, and Pork Belly – marron, sweetcorn, tonka bean, black pudding; mains such as John Dory – butternut pumpkin, smoked garlic, quail egg, enoki, and Lamb Breast – soil baked potato, orange, baby beetroot, turnip. Then of course the all important dessert options of cheese, chocolate, coconut and melon varieties. Enjoy three courses for only $98 per person, or a seven course degustation menu $199 per person with matching wine accompaniment or $249 per person with premium wines. More at palazzoversace.com.au/vanitas February 2014
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The eclectic style of Baritaliaâ€™s decor has helped to establish this restaurant as a regular haunt for locals and tourists alike in the heart of Surfers Paradise. The cuisine is Italian by nature and each dish has been carefully produced with a modernised twist that must be tasted to truly appreciate. Pasta e Vino $18 menu, the special menu includes a glass of red or white wine and runs Monday to Thursday; lunch through to dinner. The alfresco setting really sets this restaurant apart. In the afternoon the north easterly facing spot catches the best of the sun, making it the perfect place for an ice-cold Peroni straight from the tap.
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H Pisces Febr 19 – March 20 Now is the time for you to create what you want. Your spirituality and intuition will be the major emphasis, magnifying the energy for you to manifest that break you’ve been working on. It will also be very important for you to stay grounded to reap the benefits and breakthroughs. H Aries March 20 –April 19 Whilst your career is still successful, your social status is in the forefront. Friendships and associations will be sealed, giving you the chance to create new connections and opportunities. After the 18th, your career will take the backseat to spiritual pursuits. Make the most of new directions in front of you.
H Gemini May 21 – June 21 For most of this month, relationships and romance will be strong. Your social confidence and judgement are positive, bringing you mental clarity and opportunities. Singles, this is a good period to meet someone special. After the 18th, your career opportunities will heat up. Get ready for success in this area.
H Libra Sept 22 – Oct 23 Your creativity both psychically and mentally will be emphasised, giving you the confidence to put your best foot forward. The ground is fertile and you should be planting seeds. Children will attract your attention. They will gravitate towards you and you will learn a lot from their innocence and energy.
H Cancer June 21 – July 22 If everything seems like it’s all moving faster this month, it is. Get ready for results to come in and the green light on those new projects or ventures you’ve been manifesting. For those of you working on personal transformation, get ready for major progress in this area and keep going.
H Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 22 Your ability to cooperate and adapt will get you further than being independent, when you cultivate your social skills and allow others to show you new ways of doing things. Now is a great time to launch your ideas and see the benefits of them blossoming fully down the track. H Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 22 Being at the mercy of others will be frustrating, but have faith and know that things always work out for you in the end. Finances will be challenging until the 18th however money and opportunities will improve when you allow everything to expand and keep having fun when you’re working. H Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 20 If you are planning new ventures or projects, make sure you get in before the 18th, after that caution is needed. Finances are strong, bringing a lot of clarification around your ability to make money and spend it wisely.Whilst health is good, your energy still has room for improvement.
H LEO July 22 – Aug 23 Be prepared for the unconventional and eccentric to take centre stage this month Leo. Now is the time for social networking and meeting new people. Singles may feel like they have a smorgasbord of choice with your personal popularity quite strong and the potential to connect through your social circle. H Virgo Aug 23 - Sept 22 If yourself worth, self esteem and confidence are feeling flat, just remember the strength of your social skills and allow yourself to have a good time regardless.You are popular and your calendar will certainly fill up. Keep an eye on your health and remember to take time out.
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SWIM STAR As a triple Olympic medallist, what are your proudest moments so far? I think the Olympic silver medal at Beijing in 2008 for the 200m breaststroke would be hard to beat. Prior to 2004 I was only competing in the 50m and 100m breaststroke so I had to work very hard to build up the fitness and the technique to swim the 200m. Also with the Olympics only coming around every four years, the opportunities to win medals are very rare and I am proud of the fact that I saved my best swim for the race that mattered most, the Olympic final. What are the biggest challenges you have had to face? My biggest challenges probably occurred early in my career in 2003 and 2004. In 2003 I competed at the World Championship trials with acute appendicitis but managed to just sneak onto my first major Australian team, only to get my appendix removed the next day. A year later I failed to make the Athens Olympics even though I was the national record holder. Both of these challenges taught me not to take anything for granted and not waste an opportunity when it comes my way. What do you consider your greatest achievement to date? In 2009 I won the World Championships in Rome for the 100m Breaststroke. To become World Champion and stand on the top podium and have the national anthem played in my honour was truly special. It is an experience and feeling that I will never forget; plus to break the world record doing it made it all the sweeter.
Raeesa Essack catches up with the very inspiring and all round nice guy Gold Coaster, Brenton Rickard
What are you putting into place for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018? I work in sport, so I am involved in planning how each sport will operate. I think the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be great for the athletes. It will be an event that everyone from around the world wants to come and compete at. I think it will amazing for the economy of the Gold Coast, creating jobs in construction and other industries along with attracting tourists. Finally, I think it will be great for community to be involved with the largest sporting event in Australia for the decade. We plan to make the 2018 Games enjoyable and a special experience for spectators and local residents. What inspires you? Excellence. I love seeing, hearing or reading about people that are excellent in their field. Having spent the majority of my life striving for excellence in swimming, I really get inspired by others fulfilling their potential in their chosen field. What is your favourite local hang out on the Gold Coast? I think the number of good cafes and restaurants has improved a lot over the last couple years. I live at Main Beach, so there are a few places on Tedder Ave that I visit regularly, Hard Coffee, Milan and Chill. Outside my area I like Elk or No Name Lane in Broadbeach, Blackboard at Varsity or Borough Barista or Canteen if I am at Burleigh.
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