MULTI-AWARD successful ABC radio senior Sunshine Coast journalist Bruce Atkinson has by no means shied from shifting out of his consolation zone within the quest for brand spanking new adventures and alternatives.
At 54-years-of-age with a 17-year-old son and two main college daughters that trait reveals no signal of dissipating as he steps out from behind the microphone to drag up stumps to go throughout the globe on a two-year sabbatical along with his household.
He and spouse Sarah have put their hinterland dwelling and vehicles available on the market and are actually busily getting ready to rebuild their lives in the UK.
Born in Cairns, raised in Charters Towers, the winner of 4 Clarion awards began his working life as a railway engine cleaner after pulling up in need of a Grade 12 end to his training.
He was nonetheless with Queensland Rail when the sunshine dawned eight years later that life might provide him extra.
“I used to be taking part in cricket for the uni group in Townsville,” Bruce recalled this week. “I used to assume you wanted to be actually sensible to go to uni and that I used to be only a soiled previous railway employee.
“However I reckoned I used to be as sensible as a few of these blokes (he was taking part in with).”
That realisation noticed him take voluntary redundancy, enrol in journalism on the then Toowoomba College School and emerge in 1993 because the ABC Longreach correspondent.
He scored the job after being requested to deliver a six-pack of VB to an interview in Cairns, and at 26 began a brand new life.
It was one which led him to a two-year stint on the Sunshine Coast after which greater than a decade as nationwide sports activities reporter with the broadcaster earlier than returning to this area in 2008.