EDEN #WHYIDANCE

Eden McAuliffe. Dancer. “There is so much stereotype surrounding dancers. I know from experience how tough it can get, especially when you’re younger. You’re gonna cop it. You’ll have those spells where you get bullied for doing dance. But if you love it, you just have to ignore it and push though. A lot of dance schools are not set up to cater for boys, which doesn’t help. You know,...

ASHLEY #WHYIDANCE

Ashley Joppich. Dancer. “We used to live on a farm about an hour away from Toowoomba, and there weren’t many families around, so mum put me into dance just so I had some interaction with other kids. I was three years old then, but by the time I was seven, my sister and I did every single style. Poor Mum. She had to drive us forty-five minutes into Toowoomba four...

JAMES BLACKWELL

James Blackwell. Rugby Player. “My memory of what I was like as a child is very different from what I’ve been told. Mum said I wasn’t the greatest sleeper and always had to be doing something, which kept all of the family on their toes. My younger brother and I grew up in Wellington. We’ve always been very competitive, from when we first played in the back yard and sand...

MARK LOWNDES

Mark Lowndes. Musician. “I grew up with my Mum and our music was all Motown; Motown and a bit of Reggae. Cause Reggae’s got soul. Then I would get to go to see my Dad once a month and as soon as I get into his car the Beatles would be playing. I’m thinking what is this? I’d say “These guys have got no rhythm Dad!” And he’d be like...

MATLIDA

Matilda Rodgers. Artist. “Art was always a part of our lives as kids because Mum was always creating around us. She never pushed us into creating though, but we always had any materials we needed lying around the house. And if we needed any advice, Mum was there to help. My Mum inspires me so much, and not just because she is an Artist, but because of who she is...

EMMASYN #WHYIDANCE

Emmasyn Hunt. Dancer. “The toughest thing about being a dancer is the sacrifices. You give up precious family time, school time and free time for your own training. My Dad works away in the mines, so we don’t see him as much as any other family would anyway. My mum works full time and owns her own business to afford dance for my sister and I, to ensure we can...

TOM ‘WEREWOLF’ WOOLER

Tom Wooler. Inked. “When I was born, I wasn’t expected to survive. And because of what happened, I’ve always been told by my parents to go for what I want in life… to dream big. So for my first tattoo, I had the words “Keep Your Dreams Alive” written across my chest. I’ve always felt so different from everyone else, like I never really fit in. And even though I...

KIRA

Kira. Inked. “I was always the ugly weird kid. All my life. It’s only been since traveling last year that I started to feel good about myself. I think I am starting to see it. Maybe. I think what’s even bigger though, is I like my imperfections. Before I straight up hated them… and I inadvertently hated myself because of them. It’s weird, I kinda like me now.” Tell me...

CONNY VAN LINT

Conny Van Lint. Artist. “I’m one of six children. Quality time with my mum wasn’t always possible, but the special times I do remember were having a coffee together. Being European I was allowed to drink coffee at a very young age, so I quickly became Mum’s coffee buddy while drawing at the dining table. Mum loved my drawings and encouraged me to enter in every drawing competition possible. I...

BROOKE #WHYIDANCE

Brooke Thompson. Dancer. “I train from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 12:30 to 6pm on Saturdays. Then I do my Year 12 study via distance education around that. It’s definitely tough juggling both. Finding time for everything. You always get asked to do stuff… but dance always comes first. If you had of asked me a year ago I would have said I was going to be a...