I am the middle child of 3 children. Older brother Phillip (aka Phil, Eggman or Philby) and younger brother David (aka Davy or Dave) who married Jodie Adams in Canada in October 2015. As brothers we have always been extremely close enjoying amazing holidays together, sharing interests in cricket and the Swans as well as fiery bouts of table tennis. As a family, we are sport-a-holics and enjoy exploring different places, particularly foods from all cultures.
Philby is an extremely kind, loving, courteous, and organised person with a heart of gold. He has a knack for learning languages and communicating with people. During school, Philby spent a year in Japan where he mastered the Japanese langauge. He then completed a combined degree in teaching and International Relations at the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney. This saw him spend a year in Kunming, China where he learned Mandarin and met wonderful friends. On coming home he headed out to Uluru and Tasmania to spend over a year being a tour guide through some of the most beautiful wilderness Australia has to offer. On coming home, Phil worked for a bit in Australia in a number of jobs before heading over to Vietnam to embark in a journey to.
This turned out to be a life changing decision for Phil. He loved the lifestyle in Vietnam, his job, the food and made good friends. When I visited in 2012, it was obvious that he was at home there. By my visit, Phil had a 4 storey flat, sharing it with two others. He had a pool room down stairs, a huge kitchen, a comfortable living room, a laundry on top and a classroom. Phil enjoyed teaching in Vietnam, which was evident by the fun the children shared in the classroom as well as the beer and good food he shared with friends after work. They would sit at the pub, well the plastic tables and chairs where you could have a few beers after work, competing to see how many kids would scream out their names as they caught their buses home. It is great to have him home as he is the best flat mate I have ever had.
Davy is a wonderful human being. He is kind, genuine and knows how to have a good time. At birth, Davy had genetic complications with Elephantitis and stomach problems. For the first few years of his life, he was not able to digest food and had to have an operation that went the length of his tummy. At puberty he had to have another operation to remove his growth plates so that his body would cease to grow in-proportionate to the rest of his body. Despite Davy's rocky start, having a knee that is much larger on the left side and a large toe affectionally known as Alfred, Davy has achieved great things in life and gains respect from anyone who comes in contact with him.
Davy is extremely athletic and has inherited Dad's work ethic. As a child he made wonderful friends in soccer and became a skillful wicketkeeper. This saw him win the coverted state school championship, the Davidson Shield, as well as multiple awards as a first grade wicketkeeper. As a AFL fullback, Davy could shut out any full forward. This saw him tour to Melbourne, play regional football with a Swan's legend Kieren Jack as well as coach the Rebels to a premiership in Canada. As a rugby league player, Davy was selected in the squad to trial for Manly in the Jersey Fleg, however he was unable to fulfill this commitment due to travel difficulties. What makes Davy a wonderful athlete is his strength, toughness and leadership abilities. As a leader, Davy could get his team mates to do whatever he wanted, and while not a highlight, was centre of an all-in-brawl that saw his team demoted from a whole competition. Not only did I used to love Davy play soccer growing up, but I always enjoyed his enthusiasm in the field when he would fill in for us. What I learnt most was his presence on a sports team, a presence all those around him are drawn to.
Davy is just as magnetic off the sports field, sharing many wonderful friendships. There is a large bunch that he has remained friends with throughout school and beyond. These guys just know how to have a good time! While they consume too much alcohol, the group have stayed loyal to each other, supporting each other in as many ways as possible. Even though many are married now or in serious relationships, and in many cases live throughout the world, they remain close, loyal and continue to be with each other as much as possible. Davy is their leader, but nothing can shake their zest for life, the way they have each others back, and are willing to travel around the world to be with each other. While Davy continues to make new mates in Canada, it was amazing to see over 20 of his mates turn up to his wedding. I have my own close mates but I have always admired the way that these guys exist with barely a fight amongst each other and do whatever in their power they can do to stay together.
Davy embarked on a journey to Whistler in 2011 with a large chunk of his mates. They then piled into a van to work their way down the west coast of the US until they reached their destination in Los Angeles. The group thinned out to travel through central America, before Davy decided to get a work visa in Canada. While things were tough at the beginning, he soon grabbed a good job in the craft beer scene with Hogtown Brewery, joined the local AFL team the Rebels and met his soul mate Jodie Adams. Before we knew it Davy brought Jodie out to Australia, where she quickly became one of the family. Davy continues to live in Toronto, keeping up with the Swans and the Broncos but has grown an obsession with the Blue Jays and the Raptors. Davy has fallen in love, embraced the Canadian way of life and continues to strive, hopefully being able to practice nursing over there in the near future and start a wonderful family like our own.