It's been four years, three countries, two active surf patrol seasons, and one big surprise to lead to this day.
Anne in Ottawa
Anne grew up in Ottawa. Highlights of the hometown included ice skating to school, colourful autumnal hikes, and hazy summers by the lake.
Up until his retirement from competitive swimming in 2012, most of Tom’s life was spent in the water. He competed for Australia in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Horses and competitive Three Day Eventing were Anne’s life and obsession until moving to Australia. She is hoping to get back into riding real soon.
Anne in Hawaii
Anne’s first surfing lesson, in Waikiki in 2007, just before arriving in Australia. Her surfing skills still have much room for improvement.
The surf club
Tom’s been a member of the Bondi Surf Life Saving Club since he was four years old. He met Anne when she joined the club in October 2008.
Holiday in Maine
The first overseas trip together in 2010. Tom met Anne’s family for the first time in Maine, where Anne used to have summer holidays with her family.
Tom in Canada
Tom lived in Toronto for 6 months in 2011 while swimming with the team at the University of Toronto. He's been making friends with mounties ever since.
We move to London
Tom and Anne moved to London in January 2013 so Tom could complete his PhD at UCL. Both his parents were born in England and his grandparents live near the pretty Yorkshire moors.