SUSAN SEIPEL, Rio Olympics

SUSAN SEIPEL, Rio Olympics

It’s not long now until the Rio Olympics and I don’t know about you guys, but I am getting so excited. This week I wanted to feature one of our Paralympians and pay credit where it’s due; to those that are working, training, fundraising or on their journey to represent Australia. Lunch with Liz caught up with Australian Para-canoeist Susan Seipel at Mlk Café and Espresso Bar in Broadbeach. Para-Canoeing is debuting at the Rio Paralympics this year, on Channel 7 & 7Mate from the 7th – 18th September.

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Tony Auden, Channel Seven Weather Presenter & Meteorologist

Tony Auden, Channel Seven Weather Presenter & Meteorologist

During the 2007 summer holidays I was on the weather desk for Seven News and when covering complicated weather systems, I would call the Bureau of Meteorology to talk about the details, I’d speak to Tony Auden. I discovered Tony was a fellow surfer, and we’d often talk about potential cyclone swells and the chance of perfect winds. 8 years later, fate would have it, that meteorologist Tony Auden would become the weekday weather presenter for Seven News. It was a move unprecedented for a Queensland network, where so often weather stories lead the news bulletins. When you think of drought in the outback, torrential summer downpours, cyclones, swells that destroy our beaches, bushfires and of course the Brisbane floods of 2011, it’s pretty evident that having the knowledge and forecast capabilities of a meteorologist in a news room is a huge asset to informing a network’s viewers. Lunch with Liz caught up with Tony, at Ole Fuego, at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.

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Shane Vincent, Wedding Celebrant

Shane Vincent, Wedding Celebrant

Did you watch Married at First Sight? How much attention did you pay to the celebrant? If I can give any bride to be advice, it’s don’t just willy-nilly pick a celebrant off Google. I believe your choice in celebrant impacts the atmosphere of your ceremony. Meet and personally choose someone who resonates with you and your partner as a couple, because essentially, this is the person who will pronounce you man and wife! Lunch with Liz caught up with Shane Vincent at Summer Grove Estate, Carool (a beautiful wedding venue and restaurant just over the Queensland border) to delve a little deeper into what makes a good celebrant and tips for picking yours.

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Emily Seebohm, Olympic Swimmer

Emily Seebohm, Olympic Swimmer

Have you been watching The Australian Swimming Championships on Channel Seven? I have with my heart in my mouth! I said to my husband Ryan last night, “I think I’d feel more pressure on the blocks in Adelaide, than I would in Rio”! Knowing that this swim, this moment, is your ticket into the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympic Games. I was beyond thrilled to see Queenslander Emily Seebohm qualify, and even more chuffed when her partner Mitch Larkin made the team last night. I have no doubt that this power couple will achieve great things and I can only imagine what it must be like to share the experience with your boyfriend!

After Olympic Gold Medals at Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, here’s to hoping it’s third time lucky for ‘C-bomb’. Lunch with Liz caught up with Emily at Aria Restaurant in Brisbane’s CBD.

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ABBY JANE COLEMAN, Breakfast Radio Host

ABBY JANE COLEMAN, Breakfast Radio Host

Abby is an absolute pleasure to be around, her laughter is infectious and she’s the type of girl who will send you home from an hour-long lunch at 6pm! Two weeks in Brisbane filling in with Stav and Labby, would really throw a spanner in the works for Abby Coleman. That’s all it took for bosses at (then B105) HIT105 to offer her a fulltime position on the breakfast shift. Abby quickly found herself relocating, while pregnant, with her first child! There has been an on air shuffle at the network since she settled in, but Abby remains an anchor of the show, and a much-loved voice in Brisbane. Her workload has extended to appearances on Network Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention and the Nine Network’s Weekend Today. Lunch with Liz caught up with Abby at Jellyfish Restaurant in Brisbane’s CBD. *Note to reader, the food at Jellyfish is some of the best I have ever had. Please do yourself a favour – make a booking and order the Tempura Betel Leaf. Thank you to chef MiKi Damjanovic for hosting us.

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Chelsea Tuach, Professional Surfer

Chelsea Tuach, Professional Surfer

Chelsea Tuach embodies everything that is so right about women’s surfing right now. Smart, talented, driven, composed, powerful and beautiful, the list goes on. This young Roxy surfer from Barbados, is inspiring not only North American girls, but young female surfers world-wide since joining the WSL tour this year. Lunch with Liz caught up with this fellow Suzuki cars ambassador for a chat and the best Acai bowls in town, at Niche and Co in Kirra, during the Gold Coast’s Roxy Pro.

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Osher Günsberg, TV Presenter & Breakfast Radio Host

Osher Günsberg, TV Presenter & Breakfast Radio Host

Osher Gunsberg has experienced a career most television presenters dream of. Some Australians will remember him as Andrew G, the Australian Idol presenter with the perfect hair and the hoodie under his suit jacket. Others will recognise him as the voice of Take 40 Australia. For those who know him personally, Osher is a bloke who has bucked the need to be driven by his celebrity image and has stayed true to who he is. Not always a move ‘inline with his recognisable brand’, he has transformed more than once, both publicly and privately; for instance, changing his name. Time and time again he has been given the responsibility of carrying some of Australia’s most successful shows. On Channel [V] he was part of the revolution of mixing technology, music and live interaction between a broadcaster and their audience. With Australian idol he was an innovator of elimination talent shows, and then the perfect balance of informative and unbiased delivery in Australia’s version of The Bachelor. Following a run in America, on CBS’s Live to Dance, Osher returned home. Back to the Brisbane radio station where it all began. Hosting the much-loved 105.3 Hit FM Breakfast show. Lunch with Liz caught up with him at celebrity chef Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle, at the Treasury Casino & Hotel, Brisbane.

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NICOLE JOY, Author and Social Media Influencer

NICOLE JOY, Author and Social Media Influencer

With nearly 50 thousand Instagram followers, Nicole is a Gold Coast girl getting some attention. A model, author, designer, school teacher, raw food chef and following her own admissions to battling with food, a public spokesperson for healthy eating. Her website Nicole Joy Inspire, offers a rare honesty that many female followers have found motivating and relatable. Having published two successful cookbooks, ‘Life’s too short for diets’ and ‘Eat dessert for breakfast’, she is about to launch her own App, Healthy Pick, and has recently branched out into designing sports apparel. Lunch with Liz caught up with this raw food wizard at the best vegan restaurant on the Gold Coast, Greenhouse Factory, Kirra.

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Gretel Tippett, Australian Netball star

Gretel Tippett, Australian Netball star

I’m predicting even if you do not religiously follow the Queensland Firebirds, you’ll be familiar with this sociable face by the end of the year. So, let’s kick off Lunch with Liz for 2016 with leggy blonde Gretel Tippett. Grets (as her friends call her) bounced onto a court as a WNBL (basketball) player, but after only 3 years, found herself forced to take a break due to a severe bout of Glandular fever. When her health returned it wasn’t the basketball she picked back up. After watching some tournaments on TV, she decided to try a change of code. 3 years after shooting her first hoop, she would be representing the country in Netball. Both her brothers Kurt and Joel play AFL professionally and you can only imagine what the youngest sibling had to achieve to keep up with the 6ft plus boys in the backyard. Gretel is the new breed of athlete, and in a time when brands and fans are turning to sporting star’s social media accounts, she is definitely one to follow. Lunch with Liz caught up with Gretel a few days before she flew out to England to play for the Australian Diamonds, at Yard Café, Nobbys Beach.

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