I am a keen ocean swimmer, participating in many events in and around Sydney. In 2013 I completed a swim from Europe to Asia across the Hellespont in Turkey, and in 2017 I swam the 10km Roughwater Challenge swim from Bondi Beach, through Sydney Heads into Watsons Bay.
Education and life-long learning are a passion for me, in particular history and languages (mainly Indonesian and Russian). I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Teaching at the University of Sydney, with a focus on primary education.
I have played bass (and double bass) in bands and orchestras over the years and have played piano up to AMEB sixth grade level. I enjoy a game of chess despite my limited abilities (feel free to send me an online challenge – ‘mceastonland’ at chess.com).