Keith Urban tells Kyle Sandilands about Nicole Kidman’s fight at Sydney Opera House

Keith Urban has finally dished on the altercation that went down at the Sydney Opera House last month, with his wife Nicole Kidman and an older male audience member.

On Friday, the 53-year-old discussed the incident in an interview on KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O Show.

“We were sitting down with Nic’s mum and we were clapping. It was a bloody great performance and everyone was cheering and cheering,” Keith said.

“I looked around and I see a few people standing and a few more and I thought ‘Oh I’m getting up’.

“And then this guy behind me just whacked Nic, like really hit her, with the program.”

Keith said that an extremely shocked Nicole then looked over at him and her mother Janelle and said: “He just hit me!”

I was like, “What?! Violence at the opera!”

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“It’s a bit of a pickle I was in because I’m a husband and you want to defend your wife but it took a lot of restraint. I was pretty upset,” he said.

Keith also explained how he had never been to the opera before, and was unaware that standing ovations were not allowed.

“We did not know you are not supposed to stand in the opera. Having not been to the opera before ever in my life, I am sensitive to the etiquette,” he said.

Police were reportedly called to the Sydney Opera House last month after the man “swatted” actress Nicole Kidman with a program.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald s Private Sydney section last month, witnesses allege a man in the audience of The Merry Widow grew agitated when Urban jumped to his feet to give the performance a standing ovation.

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When Kidman joined her husband – along with the rest of the audience – in cheering on the cast, the man behind them allegedly began a heated exchange with the pair.

According to onlookers, Urban told the man he was simply appreciating the cast’s talent, but things took a turn when the disgruntled audience member angrily “swatted” Kidman with his program, leading Urban to accuse him of assaulting his wife.

The couple were then escorted out of a side door by Urban’s security guards, with police also called to the venue, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Police media confirmed officers attended the Opera House that night following reports of an argument.

“Police have been told a 53-year-old man and a 67-year-old man were both attending the entertainment centre when an argument broke out. Officers spoke to both men and no further action was taken,” NSW Police said in a statement.

Kidman and Urban reportedly did not press charges against the man.

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Nicole Junkermann on investing in the future of plant-based alternatives

Over the past decade, interest in and consumption of plant-based foods has boomed. We live in an increasingly sustainable and health conscious era, where consumers are rethinking what they buy, wear and eat, and where it comes from.

As a result, the plant-based substitute market has expanded dramatically. This trend has been somewhat accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the fact that the production of artificial meat is more automated, less labour dependent and, resultingly, less vulnerable to shortages in staff and price fluctuations.  The US alone saw a 200% increase in sales of plant-based meat substitutes in the week ending April 18, compared with a 30% increase over the same period for fresh meat, as reported by consumer data group Nielsen.

According to a study by Polaris Market Research, the global plant-based meat market size is expected to reach USD 35.4 billion by 2027. It is widely reported that the largest consumer trend leading to the explosion of this sector is changes to mainstream diets with more people becoming ‘flexitarian’, vegetarian and vegan.

There are a number of reasons why consumers are changing their diets. The first is animal welfare and ethical concerns associated with the meat and dairy industry. The second is environmental concerns. Governments and business leaders are slowly awakening to the climatic and environmental effects of the meat industry and pursuing policies to ameliorate its impact. The final reason is the health concerns associated with a meat heavy diet. Many plant-based alternatives have a high nutritional value and long-term epidemiologic studies have shown that replacing red meat with nuts, legumes and other plant-based protein foods is associated with lower risks of many chronic diseases and total mortality. In addition to this the pandemic has caused society to question the link between public health, meat consumption and the need for sustainable alternatives.

According to a Deloitte report on plant-based alternatives, “The UK is one of the markets leading the way in plant-based products. It is the largest market in Europe for consumption of plant-based alternatives, accounting for around 40 per cent of the European meat substitutes market”. In the US, the pandemic has caused some of the biggest meat producers to shut down their operations. New SPINS retail sales data released March 3, 2020, shows that “sales of plant-based foods that directly replace animal products have grown 29% in the past two years to $5 billion”.

As an active investor, it’s important to spot trends early. The combination of a growth in consumers looking to eat plant-based foods and the rapid innovation of new products make this sector, in my view, a particularly attractive investment. This is one of the reasons I decided to invest in ALOHA, a company that offers plant-based protein products.

Introducing ALOHA

Founded in 2013 by three long-time Hawaii residents, ALOHA is an employee-owned and operated company committed to making the healthiest, best-tasting plant-based protein products on the planet. ALOHA’s product portfolio includes protein bars, drinks and powders that taste as good as they are for you, proving you don’t have to sacrifice taste for nutrition. All ALOHA products are sustainably sourced and thoughtfully packaged with deep respect for both people and the environment.

Brad Charron, ALOHA’s CEO said, “At ALOHA we believe you don’t have to sacrifice taste for nutrition and that healthy, great-tasting food should be widely accessible”.

It is clear that there is a growing investment in a meatless future. I am excited to see how this sector develops with so many innovative products yet to hit the market. There have been monumental changes in recent times to the dietary habits of millennials and Generation Z, and it is clear that this new plant-based boom is not a fad, but is likely to keep its newfound place in the mainstream.

Nicole Junkermann

Nicole Junkermann is an international entrepreneur and investor, and the founder of NJF Holdings, an international investment company with interests in venture capital, private equity, and real estate. Through NJF’s venture capital arm (NJF Capital), Nicole oversees a portfolio similar in size to a small venture fund across Europe and the US, including in healthcare, fintech, and deep tech.

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Nicole Kidman’s TV production caught up in wild weather

FOR the makers of Nicole Kidman’s Nine Perfect Strangers it may be no lights, camera or action today as a power outage threatens the shooting schedule in Byron shire.

The production was meant to shoot scenes in Federal today but the village and 600 houses in the area near Possum Creek and Bangalow are without power this morning.

Essential Energy reported the power went off at about 2am this morning and that may also disrupt shooting of Nine Perfect Strangers today.

Filming of the series has been going on in the region for the past few months and cast and crew are getting a taste of the wild weather the Northern Rivers is famous for.

Shooting of scenes at Federal were scheduled from 4pm to 8pm

Essential Energy is reporting on its website the power outage is from an unknown source and crews are investigating.

Nine Perfect Strangers is being shot as a television mini series but is based on the 2018 best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty.

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Undone and exposed, the thrilling ending to Nicole Kidman’s HBO drama

It might explain, to some extent, why Princess Diana will always be portrayed as the innocent victim in the narrative of her life, her own indiscretions easily forgiven, and why in The Undoing, an improbable fantasy world where everyone is so good looking it’s hard to point the finger of guilt at anyone, that the killer is someone hiding in plain sight.

Across six uncomfortably taut episodes directed by Susanne Bier we watched the mirrored reflection of therapist Grace Fraser’s (Nicole Kidman) perfect world – handsome doctor husband, private school son, impeccable circle of friends – slowly warp into something unrecognisable and deeply disquieting.

The burning question … who killed Elena Alves (Matilda De Angelis)?Credit:HBO/Foxtel

Jonathan – an unfaithful, sociopathic liar – is the obvious suspect, but because of our own prejudices about power and wealth, he becomes an unlikely killer: a kind father with a twinkle in his eye, a gentle healer of children with cancer.

So if he did not do it, who did? Grace, desperate to hold her perfect world together? Their son Henry (Noah Jupe)? Elena’s vengeful husband Fernando (Ismael Cruz Córdova)? Or perhaps Grace’s father, the formidable Franklin Reinhardt (Donald Sutherland)?

Most striking about The Undoing is not what you see when you watch the episodes, but how much you miss. By virtue of journalistic need, I had the benefit of watching five of the six episodes as pre-broadcast screeners to prepare for interviews with the cast, and then re-watching them each Sunday night as they aired in the US on HBO.

The detail you pick up on second viewing is staggering. Those almost-missed fragments of scenes, and glimpses of character nuance, made the second pass an illuminating process. And like all great whodunits, the answer to the mystery is in front of your eyes the whole time, if only you could see it.

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman as Jonathan and Grace Fraser.

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman as Jonathan and Grace Fraser.Credit:HBO/Foxtel

We may have come a long way from watching the pilot of Twin Peaks, notepad and pencil in one hand, finger hovering on the pause button, scribbling down every detail which might somehow signpost the answer to the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer. But 20-odd years later, this doesn’t feel so different.

As each episode of The Undoing ended, the question – who killed Elena Alves? – had to be re-asked. And each episode brought with it enough new clues, or red herrings, to leave you guessing and guessing again.

Re-playing the key scenes became a lesson not in nuance but interpretation. The final scene of the penultimate episode – where Grace discovers the murder weapon hidden in her son’s violin case – is a great example. Are you seeing the shock of a mother who has discovered her son is a killer? Or that of a murderess exposed by the exhumation of the murder weapon?

If it does anything, the final episode flushes down the drain the lazy critical notion that The Undoing is somehow Big Little Lies 2.0. Instead the mystery gives way to the grand theatre of the court, and as Sofie Gråbøl’s prosecutor Catherine Stamper and defence attorney Haley Fitzgerald (Noma Dumezweni) go to war, screenwriter David E. Kelley’s brilliance (not to mention his formative years as a writer on LA Law) come to the fore.

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in The Undoing.

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in The Undoing.Credit:HBO/Foxtel

“Don’t pretend to be honest because you’ve told too many lies, don’t pretend to be a good husband or a decent father because you are arguably neither,” Fitzgerald says in one of many blisteringly uncomfortable scenes. “We don’t need to give them a good man, just someone who didn’t commit murder.”

But can she? With so much evidence mounting against him? As Sherlock Holmes himself once said, once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.

“Do you not tell patients that they so want to believe in their partners that they choose to unknow things, unsee things?” Catherine Stamper hurls at Grace when she is on the witness stand. “That sometimes the truth of who and what they married gets distorted by the desperation of what they want to be married to.”

Grace replies icily: “I know who and what I married.”

The greatest clue of course is the title of novel on which the series is based – You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz – not simply because it suggests that Grace should have known her husband better than she did, but also because it spells out the uncomfortable reality: that a man whose innocence was predicated on his prominence and power, and his wealth and influence, was all along, as we feared, a complete monster.

The Undoing is streaming on Binge.

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Did Nicole Kidman cause Byron’s traffic bedlam?

BYRON Shire Council staff have acknowledged Byron Bay’s traffic woes are at a scale not seen before in the town.

Roadworks on the Byron Bay Bypass at Shirley St, an influx of visitors – bolstered by school leavers – and road closures due to filming of Nicole Kidman’s new Nine Perfect Strangers miniseries have all accumulated to result in the current conditions, the council’s director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway, said.

“What we’re unfortunately experiencing this week is a whole range of works and events occurring at the same time and causing a scale of traffic issues we have not seen before in Byron Bay,” Mr Holloway said.

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“At the Shirley St / Butler St roundabout area, council is doing critical asphalt sealing works as part of the Byron Bay Bypass which cannot be delayed due to expected rain this week.”

He said the bypass project was nearing completion so this project has been running on a critical timeline.

“The most restrictive works have been scheduled to start from 5am to avoid peak hour,” he said.

“Works have been adjusted where possible to reduce traffic wait times.

“These works are a significant cause of congestion but are only scheduled for this week.

“Normally this would be a reasonable inconvenience but it has become a significant issue due to Schoolies and people avoiding Bangalow Rd.

“The delays and congestion on Bangalow Road are caused by the filming of Nine Perfect Strangers.

“Some cars trying to access Byron via Bangalow Rd are now turning around and using Ewingsdale Rd which adds to the traffic volume there.

“Council has a limited ability to refuse filming as we are bound by the Local Government Filming Protocol to provide approvals to enable this industry to operate. All requests from the film industry for road closures must go through the Local Traffic Committee and be reported to Council.”

The Local Traffic Committee supported the road closures for Nine Perfect Strangers, which is understood to have a $100 million budget.

Mr Holloway said the council derives only nominal road closure fees from this.

“People are asking us how much money we got from our involvement in closing the roads for this film and the answer is that the same nominal fees apply to anyone requesting a road closure whether it’s to shoot a film or run a sporting event,” Mr Holloway said.

He said there are diversions along Coopers Shoot Rd.

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NT Treasurer Nicole Manison criticised for coronavirus budget claim

The NT Treasurer’s claim that a better-than-expected deficit for last financial year is linked to the Government’s budget-repair initiatives is inaccurate, an independent budget policy analyst says.

The Government yesterday released its COVID-19 Financial Report, which included a fiscal update showing a severe deterioration in debt and deficit estimates for the current financial year.

The update also revealed an improvement for the previous financial year, including an estimated $79 million reduction in the deficit compared with the forecast last November.

Treasurer Nicole Manison pointed to the 2019-20 figure as proof the Government’s policies were having a positive effect on the books prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is confirmation that we were delivering our budget-repair plan,” Ms Manison said at the launch of the fiscal update.

The NT Government will not release a full budget update until after the August election.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

But the Grattan Institute’s budget policy fellow, Kate Griffiths, said the deficit improvement was not specifically related to the Government’s expenditure-restraint measures, which included a reduction in executive staffing levels and salary freezes.

“If that’s what the Treasurer is referring to, then it wouldn’t be fair to sort of claim credit for that [deficit] improvement because the improvement isn’t related to decisions made by Government,” she said.

Instead, Ms Griffiths said the improvement had more to do with a delay in spending.

She noted yesterday’s fiscal update showed the transfer of expenses and capital projects from 2019-20 to 2020-21 amounted to $179 million.

“There’s a real question here about governments claiming credit for the good and not accepting responsibility for the bad,” Ms Griffiths said.

“This is not a budget-repair story and it shouldn’t be like that.

More than 9,000 expected to be unemployed

To date, the Government has committed $383 million in coronavirus-related stimulus and support measures, including $43 million worth of packages unveiled yesterday.

But its budget has been severely impacted by a $649 million reduction in GST revenue over two years, as well as significant falls in mining royalties, payroll tax and other own-source revenue.

The Treasurer said budget-repair initiatives enacted prior to the pandemic had put the Territory in a better position to respond to the health and economic emergency.

“Where we had seen that improvement is because we’ve been doing the hard work to manage what is an ever-changing budget and a very dynamic situation … and had we not put in the hard work that we had, we wouldn’t be in this position,” Ms Manison told the ABC.

Hands rifling through budget papers.
Before the pandemic, Labor promised a raft of budget-repair measures to rein in debt that threatened to balloon to $35 billion by the end of the decade.(ABC News: Jano Gibson)

While yesterday’s fiscal update noted several positive signs in the pre-pandemic economy — including growth in state final demand as well as upwards trends in employment and retail spending — it foreshadowed a coronavirus-related slump over the coming year.

Notably, unemployment is forecast to rise from 5.6 per cent to 6.8 per cent.

In real terms, that equates to an increase from 7,778 Territorians to 9,454.

Ms Griffiths warned the unemployment estimates could prove to be even worse because the fiscal update couldn’t factor in unexpected developments.

“And if any of those sort of second-wave risks or third-wave risks eventuate for the Northern Territory, then that will affect the unemployment rate beyond what’s in the current forecast.”

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Pregnant YouTube star Nicole Thea dies at 24

Nicole was famous for her street dancing and had been documenting her pregnancy on her YouTube channel.

The dancer’s death was announced in a statement shared to her Instagram page confirming Nicole and her baby had died on Saturday morning.

The cause of death is yet to be revealed, however, it appears to have been sudden.

The Youtuber’s family has asked that her fans “give us privacy because our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened”.

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“RIP My beautiful baby girl Nicnac and my grandson Reign, I will miss you for the rest of my life until we meet again in eternal heaven,” the post, written by Nicole’s mum, added.

Nicole had prescheduled several YouTube videos before her death and her partner Global Boga, real name Jeffery Frimpong, has “made the decision to allow them to be aired”, the post also revealed.

Nicole was eight months pregnant when she died this weekend and had previously said she was experiencing a “good pregnancy”.

“The worst thing about my pregnancy is I’m so out of breath 24/7,” she said in one video.

“I could walk from here to the end of the room and I feel like I’m dying. I went to my midwife and I was like, ‘oh my God is this normal?’ She was like, ‘yeah you’re carrying a child’.”

Boga had posted a video of him dancing with a pram to Instagram early on Saturday, writing in the caption that he “can’t wait to be taking my son to the parks & playground”.

Nicole announced her pregnancy in April, saying that God had given her “the biggest blessing yet” with a “little miracle baby”.

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“I’m finally creating a beautiful little human inside of me,” she wrote, praising Boga for being the “best support EVER”.

“We are already obsessed with you our little miracle baby. Thank you for choosing us to be your parents and best friend,” Nicole added.

Boga had also shared his excitement over their pregnancy in multiple posts on his Instagram account.

In late June he had written that his son was expected to “arrive soon” and days later added in another post that “I have good faith baby Boga will come on a Monday”.

Nicole’s most recent YouTube video was posted eight hours ago, in line with her partner’s decision to post pre-scheduled content, and shows behind-the-scenes clips of her photo shoot in a milk bath which she posted on Instagram.

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Caryn Nicole Paolini Interview: The Courage to Change

When Caryn Nicole Paolini was last profiled here at, back in 2013, she was an elementary school psychologist in her native Chicago, on track for a successful career in that field. With a history of yo-yo dieting and eating disorders, though, the 4-foot-11, 95-pounder had turned to the gym to turn her health around and, in the process, discovered the joys of fitness. At the time of that interview, she’d been training for about 18 months and had just won the 2013 Fit USA Model Championship.

Fast forward five years, and Paolini has dived even deeper into fitness—and has thrived in it. She now lives in San Diego, working as a professional bikini competitor, certified personal trainer, fitness model, psychologist, sports nutritionist, digestive health specialist, and entrepreneur.

“Fitness saved my life,” she likes to say—an idea many high-level fitness competitors echo. But fitness didn’t simply save Paolini, it also forced her to make some tough decisions—and eventually to remake her life. Today, her goal is not just to transform herself, but to help others do the same.

An IFBB bikini pro since 2014, the 31-year-old Paolini has competed frequently, finishing as high as second at the 2016 Musclecontest Pro. She was also runner up at the BodySpace Spokesmodel Search.

“Passionate” is a word she uses often as she describes her evolution. For Paolini, it’s all about how good you feel when you wake up every morning and face the day.

Five years ago you were in Chicago with a Master’s degree and a good job as an elementary school psychologist. How did your dream change?

I was very passionate about psychology and behavior change. I went to graduate school at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and got a job right away, so I was very blessed in that regard. But I can honestly say that from day one I didn’t feel the passion that I feel now when I wake up in the morning. I’m so excited about what I’m going to do for the day.

What made you realize you were missing that feeling?

Probably when my own fitness journey started taking off and I began experiencing new things that gave me fulfillment and genuine happiness. I got my pro card, received a sponsorship, and I became really passionate about nutrition and working with clients of my own.

At the same time, I struggled with the discrepancy between what I was doing and what I wanted to be doing. I had invested so much time and money into my education, and I was afraid that if I made a change, I would be wasting it all. I felt anxious and depressed, to the point where I had to seek therapy. It got to the point where the person who I was at work was not my most powerful and effective self, which eventually took a pretty drastic toll on my mental health.

I continued working at the school for about three more years. Finally, I reached a breaking point. My therapist recommended I take a leave of absence, which I resisted for six months, because it made me feel like I’d be a quitter.

Therapy helped me realize that taking that leave of absence was not me quitting, but me putting my mental and emotional health first. Showing up at the school without feeling fully present was a disservice to the children, my colleagues, and myself.

Showing up at the school without feeling fully present was a disservice to the children, my colleagues, and myself.

You’ve talked about how fitness saved your life. Is that an exaggeration?

No, it really did—in multiple ways! The reason I love working with my fitness clients so much is that I was that person: I was the girl who did each and every extreme diet, yo-yoed in weight, and never felt confident in my body. I dealt with those issues all through college and graduate school, to the point where I developed an eating disorder. I thought to lose weight I had to restrict calories and do all kinds of cardio. At one point I was consuming just 800 calories a day. It was pretty scary.

It wasn’t until right after I got out of graduate school that things changed. I just decided to put one foot in front of the other and start finding my way toward a career in fitness. I didn’t know anything about lifting weights, so I hired a personal trainer and worked with him for 12 weeks. I also did a lot research about nutrition. I remember downloading my first diet off in 2011.

I remember that day because that’s when I learned that I needed to eat more—not less—ifI wanted to transform my body.

What brought you to Southern California?

Even when I was a kid, I knew I wanted to live here someday. When I resigned from my psychologist position in Chicago, I realized in that instant that I didn’t really have anything holding me back, so I packed up and moved to Los Angeles and then to San Diego, which is where I live now.

Even when I was a kid, I knew I wanted to live here someday.

It’s a little bit slower here than in LA, which I like, but I also live downtown, so I still feel some of that “city vibe.”

As an IFBB bikini pro, you’ve scored everything from second to sixteenth. What lessons do you take away from your ups and downs?

One is that the sport is so subjective. You could step onstage in front of one panel of judges, and win second place. Stand in front of another panel with the exact same package and come in 16th. It just seems to depend on what the judges are looking for at the time, and on who else is in your lineup. If I’m in a lineup with 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9 girls carrying a lot of muscle, little 95-pound me is probably not going to be in the top five.

People look at those lower placings as defeats, but I feel successful no matter how well I do. I’m onstage to compete at a professional level, not to get validation from a judge. I’m here to celebrate all of the frickin’ hard work I’ve put into my physique. As long as I’m improving, as long as I’m growing, I’m successful.

What do you work on the hardest with your physique?

I focus on building my lower half, making my glutes full. I lean out really easily, so I have to keep my conditioning right on point. I don’t have a lot of wiggle room.

Being naturally lean is a blessing, but it’s also a challenge because I have to struggle so hard to retain muscle on my lower half.

What exercises do you like best to build the lower body?

I do lots of different things, starting with compound movements, including those bigger lifts like squats and deadlifts. I steer clear of traditional squats because I have some sciatic nerve issues. Instead, I do half squats and reverse hack squats. I also do a lot of glute-isolation activities like barbell thrusts.

What are your competition plans?

I don’t have any at the moment. I went super hard as a pro for almost five years, which took a toll on my body. So right now, I’m focused on getting my health back to where it needs to be, and on my coaching business.

Right now my mind and my heart are into helping other women become their best selves. What makes me feel like I’m winning is when one of these women tells me I’ve changed her life, or that she’s finally feeling fulfilled, happy, and confident.

Do you train competitors or just regular people?

I do have some clients who are competitors, but the vast majority of them are your typical busy professionals and moms—women who want to feel their best from the inside out, and do so long term. A lot of them have gone through different cycles of extreme diets and are sick of it. I teach them an enjoyable, sustainable approach to fitness.

What does it mean to be a “digestive health specialist”?

It means I coach clients dealing with different gastrointestinal issues—anything from leaky gut to IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders. I’ve dealt with digestive issues myself, and it’s something I’ve become very passionate about. We all go through our own struggles. Once we overcome them, we can teach other people how to do the same.

What’s your advice to someone who wants to compete?

I don’t have anything bad to say about competition, but I do tell my competition-prep clients that getting there requires a slow, steady grind—and that preparing to compete is not necessarily healthy.

To be successful, they’ll have to go to the extreme ends of training and nutrition. I tell them their journey is going to require sacrifice, and then show them how to do it in the healthiest way possible.

I also always require my competition-prep clients to make a commitment to stick with me for at least eight weeks after they compete. I don’t want any of my clients dealing with post-show rebound. Jumping back too quickly to your “normal” diet can lead to rapid weight gain and GI problems. Give me that eight-week commitment, though, and I can put them on a healthy reverse diet that’ll slowly bring their metabolism back to maintenance level.

I also always require my competition-prep clients to make a commitment to stick with me for at least eight weeks after they compete.

What is your own training focusing on these days?

When you’re training for a competition, your training is so incredibly structured. You have one style of workouts, bodybuilding-style. I did that for five years.

Since then, I’ve just wanted to have fun with my training. I still do bodybuilding-style workouts about three times a week, but I’ve been breaking it up with different things. At the moment I’m going to F45, a circuit-style workout that’s 45 minutes long without a break.

How do you fill your time outside of the gym? What’s your favorite thing to do to unwind?

I love being outside. I take lots of walks every day. Something about being outside helps me clear my mind. And I notice that if I’m not actually taking time for self-care, I sabotage my productivity.

Staying active comes easy to me because I have a big problem sitting still. It’s very hard for me to wind down and just relax. Some people do that by watching TV. I do yoga instead and listen to music and go to concerts. I’ve been boating my whole life, so I like to spend time on the water. I like to travel, too. My bucket list includes Thailand, the Amalfi coast in Italy, and Bali.

In five years you completely flipped your life. Where do you see yourself in another five years?

I love structure and having a plan, but it’s also important to allow yourself to follow your passion. If your interests change and the things you’re doing don’t resonate with you anymore, then change!

If you had told me five years ago that I’d be living in San Diego, working in the fitness industry, and taking my work breaks out on the beach, I would have said you were crazy. And yet, here I am.

Where do I see myself in another five years? I’m not sure, but I’m very adaptable. As long as I can pursue my goal of helping others find their ultimate happiness, I’m good. I believe the best way to find that happiness is through health, fitness, and a dedication to be our best selves. I’ll be happy if, in five years, I’m still helping people do that.

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Basketball star Nicole Seekamp calls timeout on her game to try farming in western NSW

Star basketballer Nicole Seekamp says she has lost her drive to play and despite being selected for the Tokyo Olympics squad, has swapped time on court with paddock work.

After 20 years of competition, the 28-year-old from the Riverland in South Australia, told fans in a statement that she had decided not to play in the upcoming Women’s National Basketball League season.

She had been named in the squad for the delayed Olympics Games, now scheduled for 2021, but Seekamp said she had not yet decided if she would return in time.

“I’ve almost pretty much hit my peak, the Olympics was obviously the last kind of thing I wanted to cross off my list, and that hasn’t happened,” she told the ABC.

Dribbles and dunks to chasing goats

Originally from the Riverland town of Renmark in South Australia, Seekamp, went on to play at an elite level.

She played college basketball at the University of South Dakota, USA and competed in Poland’s professional basketball league.

Former Riverland local Nicole Seekamp has pulled on the work boots on a New South Wales station.(Supplied: Nicole Seekamp)

While taking time away from the game, she has returned to her rural roots by living and working on her partner Ross’ station outside of Broken Hill, in western New South Wales.

“I’ve learnt how to drive a truck, learnt how to drive a grader and excavator, and my partner has a plane, so he’s kind of taught me how to fly a little bit, so that’s kind of cool.”

Nicole Seekamp of Adelaide Lightning
The Adelaide Lightning signed Seekamp upon her return from playing overseas.(Website:

“It’s also been mustering goats, so that’s a little bit different. But it’s kind of fun though, it’s like a new challenge and I am enjoying it.”

A return up in the air, for now

Seekamp has captained the WNBL side — Adelaide Lightning — and she won gold with the Opals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Achievements aside, Seekamp said after the most recent season she felt a loss of motivation and enjoyment, which helped her decide to take time away.

“That didn’t stop me from obviously putting my best foot forward, but it definitely made me think a little bit about what I wanted to do,” she said.

“After the season I just kind of had to re-evaluate everything, and I was like, ‘I will dedicate myself to the Olympics!’ But then that didn’t happen and corona got in the way.

“I think that kind of forced me to have this break that I needed, and if it is short term or long term, I’m not sure. But I am just enjoying the present and not thinking about the future.

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