#33 – Doug Tanner

May 25, 2018

This week we meet Doug Tanner, who was introduced to me through a mutual friend, and I am so glad I got to (officially) meet him, thanks Liz.  We got talking on the phone before we met up, and I realised that I do know him, at least to say hello to when I shuffle or walk along the waterfront.

I met with Doug after he had completed a particularly hard session with his running group, and we grabbed a coffee for a chat with some of his exercise buddies.  They were a great bunch of people and I got to meet John, Snakey and a number of others.

Where you will often see Doug

Doug has been running for near on 50 years, which by my reckoning means he must have started in the womb.  He has also been very active in the armed services for a lot of his life.

What brought you to the area?

We moved here in Feb 2003 and have enjoyed the lifestyle that the bayside offers.

Lots of smiles and laughs around the table post training session

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

Getting involved with the Bayside Triathlon Club and the Toby Somerville running group plus the people at Manly Pool. I’ve been in a few sporting clubs in my time but none as good and as friendly as this one. A real mix of great people.

 After moving to here I found out that my Grand Father lived here in the 1930’s.

A great spot for a coffee and a chat

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

To stay as it is. Plus, can’t wait for the picture theater to open. I am a real movie buff. My Great Aunt used to own the theaters in Wynnum.

Beautiful morning at the harbour

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

Anything to do with Sir John Monash (our greatest Australian in my opinion) or Australian involvement in WW1.

Wikipedia page

John Monash Foundation

Doug and his mate Snakey, a swimming buddy

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

Just articles on interesting people.  There are enough of them down here. Little snippets of local history.

Many laps have been done in this pool

Thanks for your time, and the coffee Doug!

Doug offered to take me trail running with him, which I am very much looking forward to!

Give Doug a hello when you next see him out.

See you out there along the waterfront Doug

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