I can safely say I have never had such a busy month than what has just passed and needless to say I don’t wish to bore you with a long list of what I have been doing but I do want to give a few honourable mentions a couple of things that have happened.
Firstly, I’ve been cleared to play again!!
After what has seemed like an eternity I have finally been given the all clear from the Waratah medical staff and the neck specialists and not I moment too soon. I cannot tell you how sick I am of heading to the inside of the gym each day at training while everybody else heads outside into the beautiful spring weather – it’s time to run free!
Another exciting thing at the Waratahs this month is that I’ve also been involved in the appointment of a new CEO. As a member of the board I was lucky enough to be part of the process in choosing Jason Allen as the new Waratah’s CEO. It’s going to be fascinating to see what Jason brings to the Waratahs in the next few years as he has previously been CEO of the South Australian Motor Sport Board and National General Manager of Consumer Sales with Vodafone and not your typical rugby administrator.
Another rugby business type thing I’ve been involved in over the last month is that I’ve also just started up a sustainable consulting business with Tatafu Polota-Nau from the Waratahs/Wallabies and Chris Andrew from Greenlight Technologies. Tatafu (who is finishing up his computer science degree) and I actually have adjacent lockers in the Waratah sheds and hence end up discussing all manner of things before and after training and games and found out that we were both involved in events around sustainability in Australia and the South Pacific. We then happened to be approached by Chris Andrew to see whether we might be interested in applying my architectural background and Tatafu’s science background to furthering sustainability issues in the region – we of course jumped at it. Oddly though this does mean that I will probably now be seeing more of Tatafu than my own wife as I play next to him in the front row, sit next to him in the locker room and now work with him outside of training – he even sits next to me on the back row of the Waratah team bus!! Luckily though much of what we will doing will be on separate projects in different countries so as much as I like Tatafu thankfully I don’t actually need to be spending all my time with him.
On top of this I was still doing what I usually do – rugby training, coaching, promos, corporate speaking engagements and of course 20 – 30 hours of architectural work at Cox each week.
Much to my relief, after all this my family were still talking to me so we nicked out of Sydney last weekend and I took the boys fishing – as you can see from the photos it was a very serious expedition. With boys aged 5, 3 and 1 they are easily pleased by anything they manage to haul onto the jetty. All three thought it was the best day’s fishing ever – Edward (3) was stoked with a toad fish, Finn (5) was over the moon dragging in seaweed and Henry (1) had great delight in trying to launch from the stroller straight into the water. A success all round, especially when my wife Jen took us all to a café afterwards to celebrate our massive haul!