Reader of the Week: Melissa Ellis, Castle Hill Country Club

Three people I would love to invite to dinner: Denzel Washington, author Tim Winton and Gorillas in The Mist legend, Jane Goodall.

The best advice I ever received was: Working 12 hours a day does not make you a better manager, just tired. Work and life balance is essential.

The most amazing thing I've ever done is: Be in the middle of the wildebeest migration on the plains of the Masai Mara.

If I was down to my last $10 I would spend it on: A glass of excellent red wine or champagne.

My greatest fear is: Anything happening to my family.

If I could have a super power it would be: Healing.

My favourite phrase is: At the moment it is a family joke to say "make good choices" as my daughters leave to go out. The other is "there are two ways this can go".

My hidden talent is: Internet speed scrabble — a bit geeky but there you have it.

If I could travel back in time, I would love to meet: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

The one thing I will never throw out: My clocks! I collect very large antique wall clocks and I just love all of them — they have so much character. But they do not keep good time and are a bit noisy, but very charming.

True love is . . . Putting you before me.

I'm always being asked: To drop the prices of everything at work.

What people may not know about me is: I can fight! In my late 40s I trained in Muay Thai and kickboxing.

My last meal would be: Well now…I am a foodie (I am a Chef):

Sydney Rock Oysters with Champagne

Pork and Veal meatballs with Angel Hair pasta and fresh spicy tomato sauce - Pinot Noir

French Brie with Baguette - Shiraz 

Salted Carmel Parfait with toasted peanuts  – Lovely sticky wine

My most embarrassing moment was... 

When I was 15 I broke my left collarbone and right arm at the same time – so one arm in a sling and the other in plaster. The band at our school dance picked me out of the crowd to win a prize (sympathy vote, I suspect). As I tried to climb onto the stage I fell very awkwardly and the band had to put down their instruments to get me up and dust me off.  I can still remember the burning red of my face, the pain in my shoulder as the whole school laughed while the band tucked the drum stick into my sling and helped me back down safely.

 My fantasy job is: While I absolutely love working here at the Castle Hill Country Club, I also aspire to use my energy to assist others less fortunate, in some way.

My first car was: 1962 long wheel based army Landrover with sand tyres.

Weirdest thing in my glove box: Lots of latex gloves as I do not like to touch the diesel petrol pump.

My biggest fashion faux pas was: Well so many to choose from… I took the 80’s big hair fairly seriously. Most of the time I looked very much like a cross between Cruella De Ville and Patsy from Ab Fab. My daughters hoot with laughter at the photos of the white streaked beehive. I still think it was cool though.

I wish I hadn’t: Been involved on a serious car accident at 20 years of age, it has left me with a bad back.

My earliest memory is: Laying in the clover trying to fit 100 bees into a vegemite jar as a very little kid.

On my bedside table is: Kindle, book reviews and a bottle of water.

People say I look like: My eldest daughter, Maddy.

A movie I think everyone should see:The Intouchables.

In the future… We will have the best golf course and convention centre in Australia at Castle Hill Country Club!

Favourite book as a child: I loved the Monica Dickens books because I always had horses.

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