Podcast by Western Weekender
Passion & Perspective: Episode 31 - Sara Klein
It was growing up in the greater Hawkesbury where Sara Klein uncovered the love for sport, adventure and the great outdoors. An introduction to Little Athletics at the age of 8 put Sara on the path for her career now as an elite athlete – going on to represent Australia at the 2019 World Championships in the 400 metre hurdler.
It was a seven-year gap between that 2019 meet and her earlier appearance at the World Junior Championships. Whilst the hiatus was disheartening at times, Sara’s perspective enabled her to stay focused and ultimately achieve her goals.
Passion & Perspective: Episode 30 - Terrance Plowright
Terrance Plowright is an internationally recognised artist and sculptor – twice awarded the Medici Medal, recipient of the Order of Australia Medal in 2019 for services to Visual Arts and numerous accolades along the way.
Throughout his life, Terrance has chased opportunities to shape his journey. One of the keys to his success in the arts is to challenge himself, striving for continual development and growth.
Passion & Perspective: Episode 29 - Rheanna Lotter
Rheanna Lotter is a proud Yuin woman, former NSW Indigenous cricket representative and founder of Ngandabaa. Growing up in Willow Vale – in the NSW Southern Highlands – sport, culture and art have been a large part of Rheanna’s life.
Passion & Perspective: Episode 28 - Shannon Boyd
Shannon Boyd is a local designer and illustrator, who has transformed his passion for art into an occupation. Growing up in South Penrith, art was intertwined into his childhood, mixed with a love for sport and adventure.
Eager to learn from the best in the industry – and applying his skills through tertiary studies – Shannon has been patient in his work and continues to hone his craft in every project.
“(I’ve kept) plying my trade, working on the technical things and getting the opportunity with clients to try something different and just get better with different mediums,” Shannon said.
“Things have to happen organically. If you place a constraint on a goal, you are putting pressure on yourself… you are going to rush things and you are going to overthink it.”
After five years in the education system, Shannon took a leap of faith, leaving his job as a teacher to pursue a career as an artist. With a few doors opening locally, Shannon was able to make the shift. Whilst it has been an adjustment, he has been able to reflect and pass on key learnings to others.
Passion & Perspective: Episode 27 - Reece Boyall
Reece Boyall is a comedian, and producer at Stand Out Comedy – a comedy club he has built from scratch. Through years of toil and honing his craft, Reece has embraced the journey and gets his gratification through extrinsic channels, making others happy through his work.
Passion & Perspective: Episode 26 - Mikayla Hinkley
Mikayla Hinkley was born and raised in Penrith and was surrounded by sports and adventure from a young age.
Her career as a professional cricketer started in the summer of 2015-16, earning a contract with the NSW Breakers, along with a spot on the Sydney Thunder roster for the inaugural WBBL season. That season saw history made as the first ball was bowled in the women’s domestic T20 competition, at Howell Oval.