Reader of the Week: Karen Newham, Pelotone, Norwest

Karen Newham. If you would like to be a reader of the week, email Photo: Geoff Jones.
Karen Newham. If you would like to be a reader of the week, email Photo: Geoff Jones.

Three people I would love to invite to dinner: Pink, Bob Geldof and Bill Clinton. Imagine the stories!

The most amazing thing I've ever done is: Opening Pelotone, Sydney's premier indoor cycle studio in Bella Vista. Second to marrying my husband and having my son Zachary.

If I was down to my last $10 I would spent it on: No doubt another PC or Xbox game for my son.

My greatest fear is: Clowns and ventriloquists dolls — terrifying! Stephen King has a lot to answer for.

My fantasy job is: A rockstar aka Pink — but the job I have now is pretty great.

If I could have a super power it would be: Miraculously creating equality and self acceptance … that would be great! And making chocolate out of thin air at any time.

My favourite phrase is... "Let's be the island of excellence within a sea of mediocrity" and "I love you mum".

My hidden talent is: The ability to survive on nothing but coffee for the entire day! I don't recommend attempting this at home though kiddies.

My biggest fashion faux pas was: Wearing MC Hammer style print pants in the 80s with a crop top and hair that would make Bon Jovi cry with jealousy! What was I thinking?

If I could travel back in time, I would love to see: Nelson Mandela.

The best advice I ever received was: Get out of your own head, out of your own way and stop being a roadblock to your own dreams — you know you can do it, so do it!

True love is… My husband and son. Always. Forever.

My last meal would be: My Mum’s lamb roast, my friend Marty’s lemon meringue pie and a white hot chocolate from the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, Castle Hill.

My first car was:  A white Ford laser with personalized plates KAZ001.

I’m always being asked: How do you cope with the long hours? Or do you have a Fly Buys card? 

What people may not know about me is:  Mess makes me anxious and I love to dance and sing loudly around the house when alone.

Wierdest thing in my glovebox: BandAids and lip balm is all I am willing to admit to!

I wish I hadn’t: Spent so much of my life worrying about what other people thought of me – self acceptance is so much more liberating and empowering!

My earliest memory is: Being attacked by a child eating (ok, biting) Pelican at Melbourne Zoo. 

On my bedside table is: A picture of my son, my smart phone and a book I am hoping to one day actually read!

People say I look like: It used to be Bonnie Tyler, now it’s Caroline from the show Two Broke Girls.  Personally I think I’m closer to the other broke girl, lol.

A movie I think everyone should  see:Truly Madly Deeply with Alan Rickman.

In the future… Seeing people all over Australia embracing and loving the Pelotone experience of fitness, health and wellbeing via dozens of centres around Australia. I would love to see people up and out, fit and healthy and our children happier to be out riding a bike than playing computer games inside. 

Favourite book as a child:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Still one of my favourites.

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