Local Lad Andrew Goyen
by Stephanie Williams
With a demanding day job, Andrew Goyen has created a new approach for people to exercise and connect after work.
Where in Hobart do you live? I live in North Hobart.
Why Hobart? You are never more than 10 minutes away from all the good things (kunanyi, the ocean, great restaurants and incredible breweries).
Tell us a little about your work? I am a Trauma Nurse, which is extremely busy however extremely rewarding!
What do you love doing outside work? Outside of work I run Knockoffs Run Club, and doing anything that involves being outside – bushwalking, swimming, camping and keeping busy!
What is Knockoffs Run Club and how did it come about? Knockoffs Run Club is a free, social, community Run Club that was born off three main principles; running, catching up with mates and enjoying a drink in the sun. After brainstorming with a few mates, you put those three things together and Knockoffs Run Club was born.
What do you love about it?
My absolute favourite moment is when two people connect on one of our runs who wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to connect! It’s a truly heartwarming experience to see people forming relationships through something you have created. I want to do more of that and promote strong physical and social health within the community. We meet every Thursday evening at 6pm, outside Room for a Pony in North Hobart and we hold weekend events too. Just follow along on our Instagram ‘Knockoffs Run Club’!
Who do you admire? My Mum, she’s amazing.
Favourite podcast or tv show? Currently watching Animal Kingdom, its great.
Secret vice? Spending a few days without my phone bushwalking or camping with my girlfriend or close mates!
What are you reading now? Currently reading King of the Wilderness an excellent Tassie book about the life of Deny King.
What gets your goat? People who run on the spot a traffic lights – stop and enjoy the break, please!
What was your first job? My first job was sorting cherries in a very hot shed in summer!
What are your daily news/social media habits? ABC, Australian Financial Review and AP News apps get a look most mornings and I do everything in my power to avoid or minimise social media – it can be toxic at times!
Your favourite place for…
Breakfast: Providence Cafe, North Hobart, a true Hobart gem.
Lunch: Ozus Coffee, Battery Point, is excellent!
Dinner: The Tas Inn is a real favourite amongst my mates and I. Great food and great beer!
Favourite team? Can I say Knockoffs Run Club? Everyone that comes along are legends.
Favourite Hobart secret: I have a few secret spots I like to go and get some air – I can’t spoil them though!
Parting words? Don’t be afraid of failure, you can achieve a lot if you get out there and give things a crack!