Back by popular demand, Kicking Goals is our latest segment to hit our blog. On Kicking Goals we revisit past staff members who have been making serious waves in their chosen career. Last Month we featured Patricia Pemberton who has recently been taking her acting career to new levels, with the month before we caught up with Shannon Boyd to discuss all things creative, and all things art.
For the final Kicking Goals of 2018 we caught up with our good mate and fan favourite Rob Newham who since leaving OD’s in early 2015, has pursued his dream of becoming a Marine Biologist.
Rob currently works for a company called Tassal who operate off the coast of Tasmania, whose primary responsibility is monitoring and maintaining the health of the Salmon in his region. This is achieved through non-destructive gill checks with the primary objective to prevent any exotic water born diseases such as Amoebic Gill Disease (AGD), while running selective breeding programs throughout the Southern Zone in Dover.
Since moving down to The Apple Isle with his beautiful wife Michelle, he has been promoted from Team Assistance to Technical Team Leader, surpassing more experienced candidates to take control of his own team. Ticking some serious career goals, and shaving years off his own personal company objective in the process. Originally moving down south to complete his honours program at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), has settled in nicely spending most of his time with his family, which currently includes two pooches and a kitty-cat as well as spending his summer weekends with his beloved cricket club.
When asked what he missed about working at O’Donoghues he said this:
“It’s the simple things like having a few beers with the crew after a long weekend shift, and spending way too long talking absolute rubbish. I miss looking at the roster and realise that the A-Team would be to make that shift a little easier, and the Christmas Party. Nothing down here (Tasmania) comes anything else to a FAL Christmas party’
When asked about what the hardest thing about leaving O’Donoghues was:
‘The hardest thing was missing the lads, I miss them all every day. For me, it was just as hard leaving the core group of OD’s staff, as it was leaving my family, mostly because I spent twice as much time at the pub, as I did with them. When you work in hospitality work often becomes your social life as well. It’s so important to have an unreal friends group to rely on through those tough nights behind the bar”
Rob gave us many years (too many if you ask him) of good service and great banter, even if he spent half his shift watching sport or talking about Game of Thrones theories. The OD’s crew miss having the big fella around just as much as he misses us. We’re absolutely stoked he’s kicking goals, and wish himself and Michelle all the best.
Do yourself a favour and check out some sweet snaps from his time on the tools below.