What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I suppose I wanted to be like my Dad, who was a lawyer. He dressed in a suit every day and took the ferry to work. I wanted to be just like him.
What was your favourite subject at School and why?
I loved Geography. I studied Three Unit Geography for my HSC. I loved learning about landforms, the oceans, agriculture and how the Earth responds to human beings.
What has been your most rewarding career experience?
That would definitely have to be travelling the world working for seven years. Travelling is like an education, you learn so much about other cultures and environments. It made me appreciate Australia so much and realise how lucky we are to live here.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My mates are my biggest inspiration. We have been friends since we were little boys and we have always encouraged each other in our professional and personal lives. Treat your mates like brothers and you'll have them for life.
What advice would you give someone seeking a career in the media/television industry?
Go for it! It's a fun job that is constantly changing and always challenging you. Study hard and learn everything you can about the business to become an expert. Read newspapers and watch television programs that interest you. But most importantly, always be yourself.
Training to compete on Dancing With The Stars must have been intense. Please tell us your typical daily workout.
I would go surfing every morning then it was off to dance practice, and then more practice. This is another lesson for life - the more prepared you are, the better you'll perform in your job. After dance practice I'd go to the gym then home to eat and sleep... and repeat!
What is your favourite technological device and why?
My iPhone. I'm not hugely into tech stuff besides GoPro cameras, but I can't live without my mobile phone.
Tell us your most embarrassing on-air moment
Way too many to mention, but I do remember those tight dance pants I used to have to wear on Dancing With The Stars. They were embarrassing!
What is your favourite holiday destination and why?
I like Byron Bay on the far-north coast of NSW for its great waves and good people, and I love Hawaii for the ocean conditions and laid-back vibe. But right now I want to be in Fiji where the winds are blowing because I've recently become obsessed with kite surfing.
What is your most unforgettable personable experience?
Getting married and having our first baby. That completely changes everything. Love and total responsibility, happiness and more purpose in life. Kids are the best!
About Tom Williams
Tom Williams was born on 16 October 1970 in Sydney, Australia. Growing up, Tom always aspired to travel. After finishing high school he worked in construction whilst modelling part time. He spent several years snowboarding in Canada before returning to Australia where he continued his sporting pursuits, finishing as a finalist in the 2000 Australian and World Titles of Open Men's Surf Boat Competition.
Tom's media career began in July 2000 after he became a regular guest on radio personalities' Merrick and Rosso's Triple J radio show as 'Tom the Chippy'. When the comic duo moved to Sydney radio station NOVA 969 in April 2001, Tom moved with them, running 'The Chippy's Driver Reviver' every Friday morning.
As a snowboarding instructor, competitive surf life saver and keen surfer, he is definitely no stranger to adventure. Tom was offered a position to host on the long-running travel show 'The Great Outdoors' in mid 2001 - where he paraglided over the Switzerland Matterhorn, trekked through the dense Guatemalan jungle, explored an active volcano in Costa Rica and made it to Machu Picchu.
In 2002, Tom put his labouring qualities to use as the builder in the show 'Room for Improvement'. In early 2005, Tom appeared in the second season of 'Dancing With The Stars', in which more than 2 million viewers watched as he was crowned champion of series two.
Tom is also an ambassador for AFL team the Sydney Swans and likes to spend his downtime enjoying the sun, sand and surf all over Australia with Fashion Designer wife Rachel and their daughter Storm.
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Get Ahead Kids® Jul/Aug 2014