Rats and television ratings- no problem for inspirational TV executive!

When it comes to inspiring women, often it’s someone you don’t know; a celebrity, a sports star, businesswomen or just someone ordinary doing something great that elevates your thinking.

So when it’s closer to home, a friend and colleague who attracts your admiration it is warming and palpable.

Overcoming a fear of rats and unknown television ratings, my mate, Channel 9 Queensland Managing Director Kylie Blucher is about to embark on a 300 kilometre trek across the Simpson Desert, renowned for rodent plagues and no phone reception.

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Spring Break in our 40’s!

As a teenager of the 80’s, with all the films about all the fun American kids of the same age were having, the defining, most memorable for me and many of my friends, was “Spring Break“. Despite the basic, yet ridiculous and totally unimaginative plot of two sets of university guys heading to Fort Lauderdale for fun in the sun, and everything that inevitably went wrong, it was a movie that marked a carefree time in our lives and a trip that my friend and I vowed to take and never took.

Until NOW!

When we were 'Spring Break" age.

When we were ‘Spring Break” age.

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In transition!

Dear Kids,

The doctor has confirmed it.

Unfortunately there’s nothing she can do for me and we all have to cope the best we can.

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Help! 40 weeks of date nights!

I’m not sure if this will be an exercise in setting and achieving goals, heightening marital romance and contentment, or if in fact it will add another layer of partnership pressure! But when my husband outlined his 2015 New Year resolutions the number one item on his to-do list was take his wife (me) on a date every week. EVERY WEDNESDAY! EVERY WEEK! An example of a date? Read More

Fifty Shades of OK- the movie!

A friend, who hasn’t read the books, got a ‘BIG’ surprise when she sat in the audience of the premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey film.

However, her simple verdict of the blockbuster bondage and sadomasochistic adaptation of E.L James’ book pretty much summed it up, even for those who’ve read every mercurial word.

“Pretty good, I think”


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Thailand- what islands to see and sail.

In Thai, Koh pretty much translates as island.

So if you’ve been to Koh Samui or any other of the 1000’s of islands dotting the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand you’ve been to a Koh.

It’s knowing which ones to visit that is key.

In our case we had the unusual luxury of a self-sail and could visit anywhere we wanted, but most people can still plot their own course to stop, stay or anchor at any of these spots.

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Why I am NOT supplying alcohol to my schoolie!

I am just about to send my fourth daughter in five years to schoolies and while I have arranged a pack filled with sunscreen, shampoo, cereal and hand sanitizer, I will NOT be supplying her with alcohol.
Every year a different set of friends, who have kids about to head off to the annual end-of-year freedom (read drink) fest, raise this parenting dilemma and from those who are buying booze for their under-age children, it’s always the same argument.

“At least I know what they are drinking,” they say.

This year many of the girlfriends I went through high school and schoolies with, are packing off their precious 17 year olds for the first time, and their views on whether to supply or not, like the coolers we used to consume, are mixed.

I am not burying my head in the Gold Coast sand; I have no doubt my daughter and her mates will celebrate, but I still haven’t changed my mind when it comes to supplying and this is why.

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The War of the Wives

This is the kind of book you can easily read in between bits of life.

After finishing up a full-time job at netball and the Firebirds and before tackling the long to-do list that includes re-arranging the tupperware cupboard and sorting the winter and summer linen I picked it up and enjoyably ploughed through it in two days. The groceries and the drop-offs were squeezed in.

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Calling all mobiles!

She walked in and proudly removed the tiny metallic object from her bra.

“I saved the sim,” said daughter number three, on her return from a blustery winter morning coaching 13 year old, rookie rowers. Big deal you may think, but for a teenage girl, who has gone through more mobiles that a start-up company in Silicon Valley, it really is innovative. Read More

A new netball position- Qld Firebird style!

I am so excited to have scored a new position with the Mission Qld Firebirds and Queensland Netball.

Contrary to what you may think it’s not WA.(wing attack)

I missed the trials to play alongside Laura Geitz, but luckily made the grade with my other skills and am thrilled to be joining the team as the Marketing and Communications Manager.

I am stepping off the catwalk and running onto the court, so to speak.

Reluctantly relinquishing the glamourous, sophisticated and high-style role as Media Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival and returning to my first love- the uniform, sweaty and high-speed world of sport.

I started my career as a sports reporter for the ABC and worked for Wide World of Sports and The Footy show. I’ve covered Olympic Games and interviewed sporting greats from Greg Norman and Michael Phelps to Pat Rafter and Lauren Jackson.

But it’s clear from photos that fashion and netball, at least in my case,  have always been closely aligned.

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From the days of the pleated tunic with the cord plaited belt, high socks (which are back in some countries I’m sure) and in-vogue Dunlop Volleys,

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From the march-past parade garments where my team’s exclusively designed outfit of sailor hats and scarves won us runway applause every time,

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to even more Dunlops paired with classy, high-collared blouse and trim to pick up the   radiant colour of the maroon wrap-around skirt.

God those days were fantastic, but it’s all about looking forward so I will have to pack away my glory-day memories.

Memories that included at the age of 10 and playing for the Cannon Hill Stars, scoffing oranges with Vicki Wilson on the bus to our game so consequently had none left for half-time. (Yes we caught buses, that carried just us stars.)

Umpiring games without a whistle. I used to make an “eeekkk” sound to simulate a referring call. (Not very effective)

My so-called team mates hiding my stuffed toy mascot in the freezer or strapping it to a high-speed ceiling fan.

Getting busted at a National Titles in Darwin sneaking out. Not to visit nightclubs or bars or boys but to the corner shop to stock up on family-sized block of chocolate so we could play the chocolate game. You know the one where you have a pile a clothing and two dice if you roll a double six you have to put on the clothes and eat the chocolate one square at a time with a knife and fork until someone else rolls  a double six.

Anyway!

It has been some (cough.. many) years since I’ve played the game competitively, without counting the 6 game season as a member of the pink caviars (yes my marketing flair on the back of the famous racehorse) in a recent University of Queensland competition, and the sport and uniforms have changed considerably.

There are sponsors and state leagues and television coverage and high-performance coaching and nutritionists and paid staff.

So while the game today is professional and polished with huge numbers of participants, high-calibre administrators, players who are incredibly athletic, enormously talented and marketable, what has remained stuck in the days of pleated tunics and Dunlop Volleys is the vast amount of fun and the friendships that are formed playing netball.

That has and should never go out of style.

One of my jobs is to make netball, like a designer brand, even more fashionable to those who love it and more-so to those who haven’t tried it on.

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