Alex: Abbey and I have been best friends for literally as long as I can remember. Abbey is just down the road from me, about 20km, which might sound like a bit, but there are actually only two houses in between us. Our families are great friends so Abbey’s was a bit of a second home at times, and they would always come over to our place. Growing up and on uni holidays, I would always help out my old man, whether that be driving tractors, watering the crops, fixing fences or helping out with the mustering and yard work. Dad used to work as a contract helicopter pilot up north when he was younger and has always had a keen interest in aviation, plus living out west could appreciate the need for a plane to travel long distances more easily. This has been passed down to me and I've also now got my private plane licence and hope to use it more into the future as it can make travelling and working in remote areas much more accessible.
Abbey: We had a pretty exciting childhood together. We were both pretty hands-on kids, mustering and helping in the cattle yards, which we never seemed to have got out of on uni holidays. With our parents being good friends, it was hard for us not to spend time together. Alex would get dropped off at our mailbox regularly when his mum would be off to work, so we had plenty of time to get up to no good. We took a lot of family trips together, one of the coolest being to the Ekka in Brisbane – Alex’s dad flew us direct from his property. Despite living out in the bush, we weren’t limited, and if we couldn’t travel, we were water skiing on Alex’s irrigation dam.