Thursday, December 29, 2011

My top 5 “Rock Star” moments of 2011

My job brings me a fantastic opportunity to experience great moments, due to having a wide network of friends and my constant travelling. This year (according to my LinkedIn travelapp) I covered a distance of 240,088 km’s.  Here are my personal Top 5 “rock star” moments for 2011

Our friend Michele Hamdorf invited my wife Jan-Marie and I to a special cocktail party for about 20 people to meet Dita Von Teese. She was amazing, a true Diva. Her dress range is exceptional, which I describe as classic sexy - like the lady herself.

#4 Thievery Corporation 2/8/11 at Metro Melbourne
My friend Jet Troth invited me to meet Rob from Thievery Corporation and Rob invited us backstage (and onstage) to watch them play to a packed crowd at the Metro in Melbourne, we then went bar hopping with the band. What a great night.

#3 The Book of Mormon - Broadway show 17/11/11 New York
The winner of 9 Tony awards this musical is a must see if you visit NYC. My friend Mindy Hersh and I had killer seats in the box overlooking the stage. The funniest show I have been to. Love it!

#2 Jim Stynes speaking at our charity event.

Each year Kimberly Palmer and I conduct a charity event. This year we raised close to $30,000 for the Reach Foundation. Jim Stynes gave a speech about his life and The Reach Foundation. Jim delivered an amazing speech that brought tears to most in the room.

# 1 Frank Lo Porto boxing World title fight El Paso Texas 11/11/2011

The best boxing gym in Melbourne, BoxingFit’s owner Mick Hargraves invited me to Frank’s world title fight in El Paso Texas. As I was due to fly from Vegas to NYC the same day - it was a no brainer.  Mick is Frank’s trainer and about 12 other Australians travelled to El Paso to watch the fight.   

We arrived at the stadium and I noticed a sign that said. “No unlicensed firearms allowed” El Paso is truly in the Wild West. Mick invited us backstage to watch Frank’s preparation.  The atmosphere was amazing, the tension and excitement you could cut with a knife. After about an hour we gathered with Frank to walk him up to the ring waving Australian flags and cheering him on. About 5,000 Texans were there support the local defending champion Austin “no doubt” Trout.  We received a resounding boo from the locals as we approached the ring, marching to the sound of AC/DC’s Hells Bells. I was out of my skin excited! One of the local lads yelled as I was taking my seat ringside, “Send him back to Europe! In the excitement of the moment I turned to him and said, “It’s Australia you idiot not Austria! He then replied in true American fashion “Go F…. yourself”

Frank was touted by Australian & US newspapers as the "Rocky Story". He was not expected to win but had his chance at the title. Frank lasted 6.5 rounds before the referee called a TKO. Frank won the respect of the locals as the rounds past because he would not go down or give up against Trout, who was clearly a champion.  I was proud to watch this great Australian athlete and who despite the pain - would not give up.  Thanks Frank for providing me with inspiration to carry on into my fitness, family and work life into 2012 and beyond.

Thanks to Mick and his wife Selena the team and members from BoxingFit for what was a once in a lifetime experience.

BTW if you want to get fit and lose weight get down to Boxingfit. I have lost over 20 kilos in the last 2 years because of boxing and eating Jim Stynes Muesli.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant Phil,
    I love it. What a great year you've had. This inspires me to keep up and catch up with you cuz......


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