News

Her life motto's a real winner

Tammy Meyer, who runs a successful catering business out of the Mackay Aero Club, has a long list of achievements to her credit.
Tammy Meyer, who runs a successful catering business out of the Mackay Aero Club, has a long list of achievements to her credit. Tony Martin

TAMMY Meyer has a personal motto which she lives by and that's 'Don't dream. Just do it'.

At 35 Tammy has achieved more than most people.

She is an award-winning chef and co-owner of her own catering business.

And she has travelled the sports world as a member of the famous "Fanatics".

A champion athlete as a teenager, she has since been to the US Open, the Davis Cup, the Australian Open, the Sydney Olympics and many more sports events.

Tammy grew up in Kingaroy and was a champion school athlete, competing in the 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump.

"I won lots of gold, silver and bronze medals at track events," she said.

"As a 15 and 16-year-old I had a lot of potential.

"I won several Sport Star awards in Kingaroy and I've still got a wall full of medals and trophies.

"But both my knees gave way and I had to give it up.

"I used to compete against a lot of top athletes and many of them made it to the Sydney Olympics.

"I went, but as a spectator, and supported them all."

Tammy left school at the end of Year 12 and started a chef's apprenticeship straight away on the Sunshine Coast.

"I worked at Murphy's on the Wharf at Mooloolaba and I worked at several surf clubs.

"I worked for Mal Meninga's brother, Cameron, at the Mooloolaba surf club and now he's the manager."

She won two Apprentice of the Year titles on the Sunshine Coast.

After moving to Mackay in December 1996 she worked on Brampton Island for seven months and finished her apprenticeship at the old Mater hospital in Sydney St.

"My old boss at the Mater was Denis Newnham... he regularly comes to the Aero Club to have Friday night dinner."

Tammy, backed by her mother, Fay Dunstan, has operated the Faerie Lass Functions catering service out of the Aero Club in Casey Ave for about nine years.

Outside catering is also done and Tammy says she has been able to work miracles in some people's backyards.

She also catered for QME in 2006.

About 11 years ago Tammy decided to tour around Australia for 12 months, but the travelling kept her two and a half years on the road.

She went to the 1999 US Open as a member of the Fanatics and was photographed in a major US newspaper. She's even had her picture on the back page of the Sun-Herald in Melbourne as a Fanatic.

"I'm a sports tragic really," she said.

"I'm proud about being an Australian."

Tammy lives with her husband of almost five years John (known to his mates as Bones) at The Leap. She is president of The Leap-Yakapari District Development Association.

She also is president of the Seaview branch of the Lions Club and is a volunteer transport co-ordinator for the Kidney Support Network.

Right now she is organising a Lions team for the Relay for Life.

If she writes a book about her life one day, Tammy says the title will be her motto: Don't dream. Just do it.

Her next trip being planned is a visit to Gallipoli in 2015, for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing.

Tammy and husband have already got their names on the Gallipoli waiting list.

That will be another great achievement for this high achiever.

Topics:  sports


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fair go: Raw deal for country kids must end

Jaymee (left) and Peter Rogers with newborn son Mack. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph.

Life expectancy figures highlight difference in health outcomes.

Anzac commemorations: Region stops to remember

Cadets keeps guard at the Anzac Day memorial service in Biloela. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

More than 1000 turn out in Biloela to honour veterans.

Listen up: Healthy Ears program extended to Biloela

CQRAICHO Senior Health Worker Karen Murphy (right) checks Slim Law's hearing at Biloela State School. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Hearing test program aims to improve educational outcomes.

Latest deals and offers

LISTEN: Tax refund frees up cash promised to Baralaba miners

Administrators say workers will receive their entitlements on or before May 6.

Fair go: Raw deal for country kids must end

Jaymee (left) and Peter Rogers with newborn son Mack. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph.

Life expectancy figures highlight difference in health outcomes.

Anzac commemorations: Region stops to remember

Cadets keeps guard at the Anzac Day memorial service in Biloela. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

More than 1000 turn out in Biloela to honour veterans.

Listen up: Healthy Ears program extended to Biloela

CQRAICHO Senior Health Worker Karen Murphy (right) checks Slim Law's hearing at Biloela State School. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Hearing test program aims to improve educational outcomes.

Callide Dam facilities get a facelift

From left: Cr David Snell, QNP General Manager Dave Armstrong, Mayor Nev Ferrier and Cr Warren Middleton. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

QNP-funded upgrade now open to the public.

St Joseph's scores NAPLAN bump

Year 4 students at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School take part in the Daily 5 reading program. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Reading scores boosted after primary school introduces new program.

RACQ releases SE Qld's worst choke points

Paul Turner, RACQ

Paul Turner from RACQ talks about our worst roads at peak time.

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances