Aged care nurse and lakeside church patron, Debbie yarnold-FOXLEY, spends her spare time competing in dirtbike derby competitions and cruising the highway on her motorbike.
Time spent living in the Manning?
Born in Wingham, early childhood spent living on a dairy farm, moved away when I was six, came back when I met my husband who was living at Tuncurry. That was some 10 years ago.
I am a qualified AIN. I have been employed as a Care Assistant for 8 years by Baptist Community Services. I support the needs of the frail and aged in their own homes.
Anything with an edge to it! Just recently I entered a smash up derby – I came fourth. I have the pleasure of owning three dogs who love their walks. Of course I love riding my motorbike (the poodle rides with me on the motorbike). I enjoy waterskiing, and paintball with my adult son and his mates. Just to name a few!
How long have you been riding a bike?
I was given my first motorbike as a present for my 14th birthday from my parents – I was a bit of a tom boy. I’ve had my licence for three years now.
Do you enjoy a motorbike lifestyle?
I’m not part of the motorcycle lifestyle, my lifestyle includes riding a motorcycle and my hubby owns a 1200cc Suzuki Bandit, so we ride together and go on road trips when we can.
Describe your home and work environment?
They are very different. It can be very emotionally draining at times, but also extremely rewarding. There is such a need in our community for the frail and aged. I give 150 percent while the ‘bundy’ clock is ticking. When the ‘flintstone horn’ is sounded, I shake off the day and jump into my red convertible and leave it all behind.
Struggles and highlights to the job?
As a Christian I think it is an awesome opportunity to work for an organisation that promotes Christian values. I feel blessed to be working in a job that helps satisfy my yearnings to make a positive difference in the lives of others. As far as ‘struggles’, I’d have to say the intolerance of the wider community toward our aged and disabled, the ignorance of those who park in the car spaces allotted for the disabled, astound me.
When did your interest in bikes begin?
I was probably around 12 or 13 when my family lived on acreage at Somersby. Back then it was dirt bikes, tracks with jumps, and donuts in the dirt.
After leaving my childhood behind I always felt the need to experience the freedom of the bike, but raising a family and having a career prevented me from doing anything about it … until I reached my 40th year when I purchased my current bike, a Yamaha Virago 250 cruiser.
Why would you not change your current circumstances for the world?
Because I live in the most beautiful part of the world, I get to share my life with a husband I adore and my children whom make me proud. I work with a generation that has an abundance of knowledge to share with those willing to listen.
Do you feel you live a double life?
As John Duggan, the fire fighter/scuba diver wrote last issue, a quadruple life! A wife, mother, a career woman and a girl who just wants to have fun!
I have two:
Treat everyone as you would like to be treated.
Live your life with no regrets.
Thank you Debbie.