“I WAS BORN in Mauritius and lived there until I was 12 years old. I lived on a sugar cane property, so we had a lot of space and spent a lot of time outside. My dad was a very keen cyclist who rode for Mauritius. He was keen for us to be involved in sports from an early age and was very aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and keeping active.“The biggest challenge in coming to Australia was the language barrier after speaking French back in Mauritius. It took a good three or four years to adapt. There wasn’t much time for sporting activities; it was just go to school, come home, do your homework. “In years 11 and 12, I started to believe that Australia was the right place for me and I started to really gain confidence in myself. Language was no longer an issue, I had a good circle of friends and that’s when I started to get back into sports, mainly athletics. I was a sprinter – my best time for the 100m is 10.5 seconds – but the year I was training for the Stawell Gift I got stress issues through the shins and had to give up competing.
“I met my wife at school when we were 16. We were fortunate enough that we were like-minded in the way we wanted our lives to turn out – we wanted to start the whole family thing early. So I got married at 23 and had my first child eight months later. It blew my mind. If anything shifted my focus from just getting by to really grabbing life, that was it. “I wake up at 5am every day. I have a small room set up at the back of the house with a bench, bar, dumbbells, a medicine ball, Swiss ball and a chin-up bar. I do a circuit routine five mornings a week for 30-40 minutes. On other days I’ll go for a run or do sprints in the park.
“I see the time I have with the kids as key. My eldest two play basketball, so I’ve decided to coach their teams. It’s just to force the behaviour because you can easily lose that time with them because of work commitments and everything else you’ve got going on in life. “I think my lifestyle now goes back to the way I grew up. It’s not over-engineered, it’s real simple. I would say the key is consistency.”