HighCast 042 – Barry Smith

Barry is a highlands local and co-founder of Bowral Parkrun and Highlands Triathlon Club.

Barry is a quiet, unassuming guy. By day he is a dentist, you can tell he really cares about his children, family and creating environments for them to be health and happy. I admire that. We don’t celebrate everyday hero’s like Barry enough, we’re so focussed on celebrity and mediocrity that we forget that community is built by people like Barry and we’re all better for it.

Barry either plays it down or truly doesn’t realise the impact he’s had on highlands community. Through establishing the local parkrun and triathlon club he’s brought health and adventure to so many peoples lives.

If we all had half the impact that Barry has had the world would truly be an amazing place.

Thanks for being a guest on HighCast Barry!

HighCast 041 – Mel Woodbury Kwong

Mel is a Bowral local, ex ballet dancer and Chinese medicine practitioner.

Mel has practiced ballet at the highest level, yet despite that, she is humble about her achievement. She is more than humble, she’s not ashamed of what she has achieved but I get the sense that it doesn’t define her and she is still seeking for something that does.

Her passion for movement is clear. There is a grace and poise in her thoughts and it is reflected in the words she chooses to describe her love of Aikido. As a martial arts practitioner myself I understand her desire to be fluid in her art and her everyday life.

I didn’t realise how in depth the study of Chinese medicine is. I have a new found appreciation for the combination of science and wisdom demonstrated in the practice. It’s brilliant to talk with a person who takes both the science and the personal into consideration when understanding human pain and consequence. Here was I thinking perhaps it was all woo woo…

I left the conversation with Mel feeling complicated and bombastic. Mel is humble and understated. We’re lucky to have her here in the highlands. Thanks Mel.

HighCast 040 – Laurence Manser

Laurence is a stick insect enthusiast and martial arts instructor.

What a great discussion. Apart from the fact that we had a few technical difficulties and I could barely talk this discussion was informative and fun.

Laurence is a quirky, funny and thoughtful man. If I hadn’t of started HighCast I probably would never have discovered his interests and learnt about the interesting world of stick insects and bugs. I might have watched a documentary about them but it wouldn’t be the same.

It really goes to show that we don’t interact enough as humans anymore. We see someone, judge them based on superficial grounds and then move on like ships in the night, but if we don’t connect over conversation, how are we to learn the intricacies of talents, hobbies and joys.

I don’t know why I’m surprised anymore. Each conversation opens up a realm of discovery and engagement I didn’t have previously. This one was no different. Thanks Laurence.

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