Australian Emus players Jackson Mills, Sarah Peattie and Kim Sue See fill us in on the year they've had, tell us what they'll be doing for Christmas, and share their 2021 goals
CHRISTMAS CATCH-UP WITH... Jackson Mills, 23, Australian Mixed Open player
- What was 2020 like for you? Due to the nature of my work as a Cyber Security Analyst, I was kept busy. I was so grateful to have kept my full-time job as so many others weren't so lucky. The fact I could wake up and know I had somewhere to go (when not in lockdown) was something I didn't take for granted, and it kept me going.
- You and your girlfriend were separated by border restrictions for part of the year, right? Unfortunately I didn't get to see her for over four months. Luckily technology like FaceTime has its advantages.
- How much did you miss Touch during lockdown? Sport, particularly Touch Football, is a great way to keep the mind clear and to establish yourself in a community of great people and I missed those things greatly. Playing Touch with mates again has really uplifted my morale and gets me out of the house.
- I know you had some wins during the year, including joining the Fox commentary team at NRL games... Yes, it was great to experience what happens behind the cameras in contrast to watching the superstars. This involvement has given me a great opportunity to pursue this as a potential career path.
- Are you taking leave over the Christmas period? I'm not taking any time off over Christmas as cyber security never sleeps. There is always someone out there trying to directly or indirectly threaten your company.
- What will you be doing on Christmas Day? A family day [in Sydney] with lots of laughs and short bouncers being bowled in backyard cricket. If you play at our house, helmets are required.
- How to you stay on track with your fitness during Christmas? I'll attempt to go for a run two to three times a week around Christmas as the food intake starts to exponentially increase.
- What are you looking forward to in 2021? I'm looking forward to potential career progression and hoping to be able to travel around the country for work, as well as overseas if COVID permits it.
What do you hope Santa brings you? An electric skateboard.
Favourite Christmas dish? A classic BBQ.
Favourite holiday downtime activity? Cruising on the jet ski.
Favourite show at the moment? The Queen's Gambit on Netflix. (I love chess.)
Favourite tune at the moment? Deeper than the Ocean – Bonnie Grace.
If there were no travel restrictions, where would you book your next holiday? Canada during their winter.
CHRISTMAS CATCH-UP WITH... Sarah Peattie, 28, Australian Women's Open player
- Can you describe your 2020 in one sentence? 2020 was a real rollercoaster - very challenging, but it allowed me to spend time doing other things and helped me understand how lucky I am!
- How much did you miss Touch during lockdown? I was really sad initially as I missed out on playing in my first Trans-Tasman in six years, though then I quite enjoyed the little break. But once I got back to training and around the girls I realised how much I'd missed it, and I've had so much fun over the past few months.
- What or who kept you going and sane during this strange year? I work in Human Resources at the NSW Treasury and I was very lucky to have a job that remained unchanged (or actually got more busy!) so I think that was a big help, although I was spending more time at home [in Freshwater, NSW]. But my housemates, friends and family helped me feel connected and sane throughout the year.
- Can you tell me about the best parts of 2020? Winning State Cup was definitely a huge win for 2020, as well as our Vawdon Cup win with a new team and coaches. Some other highlights were spending time with family, starting a new job and getting to spend a lot of time cooking!
- Are you having time off for Christmas and how will you be spending it? Yes, I get to have a couple of weeks off and will be spending time at the beach and hopefully getting away on a couple of short road trips.
- What does Christmas Day look like for you? Christmas starts for our family on Christmas Eve, when we have a big dinner with my Mum's side of the family. Then Christmas Day is spent going for a swim, breakfast or lunch with my Dad's side of the family and catching up with my partner's family. Luckily everyone is on the Northern Beaches so we don't have too far to travel. My favourite parts of the day are seeing my nieces and nephews, eating and opening presents.
- You like cooking – what will you be making this Christmas? The last few years I've been on the very important ham duty and I'm very proud of my recipe! I use Coca Cola and maple syrup among other things. I'm sure I'll be doing the same this year plus any other bits and pieces I need to help with.
- How to you stay on track with your fitness during the Christmas period? Luckily my gym is open for most of the holiday period so I'll be keeping up my sessions there. But my mum and sister will also keep me active with some walks, paddleboarding and swimming I'm sure!
- What will your new year’s resolution be? Spend less time on screens and more time reading - something I've been pretty lousy at this year!
- What are you looking forward to in 2020? I'm looking forward to playing some more Touch (hopefully we get our Trans-Tasman and State of Origin in!) and to hopefully getting to do some travelling. And I'm especially looking forward to welcoming my new little niece or nephew!
What do you hope Santa brings? Some cookbooks, gift vouchers and wine!
Favourite holiday downtime activities? Going to the beach, watching cricket, BBQs with family/friends, reading and some cooking.
Favourite show at the moment? Gangs of London on Stan.
Favourite tune at the moment? Head & Heart - Joel Corry.
If there were no travel restrictions, where would you book your next holiday? I would be going to Italy in May for my best friend's wedding!
CHRISTMAS CATCH-UP WITH... Kim Sue See, 24, Australian Women's Open player
- Can you describe your 2020 in one sentence? 2020 was an experience that I learnt from but hope never to repeat.
- How much did you miss Touch during lockdown? While I definitely missed playing Touch, I took the time off from it as an opportunity to work on different areas of my life. In saying that, I am definitely glad to be back.
- What or who kept you going and sane during the strange year we’ve had? My partner would like to say it was him but it was definitely our family dogs, Ella and Jack Jack. In all seriousness though, I am surrounded by pretty amazing friends and family that always keep me pretty sane.
- Can you tell me about the best parts of 2020? I think the highlight of my 2020 was getting our family dog Jack. He is the cutest little man!
- Are you having time off for Christmas and how will you be spending it? Luckily I get three weeks off over Christmas, which I’ll be spending camping with the fam at Yamba.
- What does Christmas Day look like for you? My mum is massive on traditions so we do the same thing every Christmas! It starts with a champagne breakfast followed by present opening [at home in the Moreton Bay region]. We then usually play games and chill for a bit and, in the afternoon, it’s a big lunch with Mars Bar cheesecake for dessert.
- How to you stay on track with your fitness during the Christmas period, or do you let yourself relax a bit? I normally give myself a little break but after Christmas Day I try to get back into it. Emphasis on the try. It’s such a lovely place to run at Yamba, so that is usually motivation in itself.
- How will you be spending New Year's Eve? It looks like we may take a sneaky trip back to the Gold Coast with our group of friends. Otherwise we will stay in Yamba with the family. Whatever it is I am looking forward to welcoming the new year.
- What will your new year’s resolution be? I don’t like to make new year's resolutions because I never keep them. Generally I always tell myself I am going to be more organised and on top of things each new year, but that goes out the door pretty quickly!
- What are you looking forward to in 2020? Everything is still so up in the air at the moment that I haven’t really planned for the year ahead. If anything, I’m looking forward to possibly doing a few trips to NZ.
Favourite holiday downtime activities? The beach and games.
Favourite show at the moment? Still the classic, Friends. It never gets old.
Favourite tune at the moment? Either Addicted to the Sunshine by Lime Cordiale, or Distant Sun by Crowded House.
If there were no travel restrictions, where would you book your next holiday? Portugal or Spain or Greece or Sweden.