Podcast with Giaan Rooney

Gold medallist and media personality Giaan Rooney talks about her past achievements and new ambitions.

I learned to swim when I was only three months old. I grew up in Queensland, so I was a water baby.
At my primary school swimming carnival, a friend asked me to join her swim club and I started going twice a week. I begged my parents to let me train more. I loved challenging myself. They said I could but school came first.

It’s important for me to have a dream as a goal, that’s what keeps me motivated.
I always knew I wanted to be in the media, even before swimming. I made sure that while I was swimming, wherever there were media opportunities I put my hand up for them. Someone told me, “It doesn’t matter what you do, you are going to have 50 percent of the population who loves what you do and 50 percent who hate what you do the best thing is to be true to yourself”. So I always try to just be me and make sure I can laugh at myself stuff-ups are inevitable. Read more

Podcast with Livinia Nixon

Co-host of Temptation Livinia Nixon is always on the go. Here she tells why it’s so important to keep her life as normal as possible.

Vital statistics
Age: 31
Lives: Melbourne
Favourite movie: The Big Blue
Best book I’ve read: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
What are you reading now? Just finished In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
Favourite TV show: Australian Story
Favourite food: Garlic prawns

I love my job, but sometimes I feel as though I’m always working.
Work is like a second family to me because I spend more time with my colleagues than I do with my own family. But life isn’t all about work. I believe that you have to keep things in balance. Sometimes that means writing a note in your diary to do this for ‘me’ and you have to honour that, like a dentist’s appointment. Read more

Podcast with Lisa Jane

Star of Health Life Lisa Jane, 36, talks about her passion for drama and family.

Health Life is made in far north Queensland. I’m lucky because my children come, too.
When I first spoke to the producers about the show, I told them, “I can’t do it without my children” and they understood. I think I’m better for having my kids [Archer, six, Oliver, three, and Remy, two] around, and they know I work hard. They came up with me and had a wonderful time. For the next series, I’ll be away for three months. My mum helped last time, but this time I think my husband (Tim Disney) will. He’s really a terrific dad and I think it’s great for him to be involved in the nitty gritty stuff. Read more