GENERATION AGELESS

Dr Tony Rees PhD Sports Sociologist, gained his title after graduating at Teesside University in July. As well as being an 'academic', he is a racing cyclist and writes a blog www.theraceforthecafe.com. He's also a model and is dipping his toe into the world of acting.
GENERATION AGELESS

Generation Ageless is about talking to people who have made interesting life/work changes and have a positive attitude to mid-life, doing things differently, changing their pace of life, their priorities, reflecting on what’s gone before and the new opportunities and challenges to come.

I used to do this…

My former career was spent working shifts in the chemical industry on Teesside. My last job was on the huge Wilton complex near Redcar managing operations on a number of high hazard former ICI process plants.

Now life is about…

Being more creative, writing, modelling and learning to act. In September I begin an acting course at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, who knows what it could lead to?

GENERATION AGELESSHow I made a change…

I made the change to academia as an extension of my lifelong passion for sport. I was a triathlete for 28 years and represented GB at age group World and European Championships. I also completed the Ironman triathlon 8 times. I researched why people undertook events like Ironman for my undergraduate degree which I began when I was 54. From that research I discovered a love of sociology and went straight in to a PhD (without fully realising what I was taking on). Four years and a lot of hard work later I am Dr Rees!

Family is all about…

Supporting and inspiring each other, I couldn’t do the things I do without the fantastic support (and seemingly limitless tolerance) that I get from my wife Sue. I have a son Jack and a daughter Ellie who are both successful entrepreneurs. I would like to think that they get their work ethic from me but in return they constantly inspire me with their willingness and ability to try new things and take on fresh challenges.

I’m lucky I can…

Basically do whatever I want. I am healthy and still very fit so there is absolutely no reason to slow down and do less – I want to do more!

I’ve got time for…

Travel. My wife Sue and I love to travel, and we have a long list of future destinations in mind.

Things are different because…

I grew a beard about a year ago and everything changed from then. It has allowed me to move in to a completely new world with so many fantastic opportunities and so much to learn. Without the beard I would never have got in to modelling – it gives me a very ‘current look’… apparently.

A day in the life of me…

If I don’t have a modelling or acting work I ride my bike. I still race regularly so I need to ride most days, but it’s not always training. Some days I just ride gently to my favourite café and drink coffee with my friends.

GENERATION AGELESSThe people who are important…

Sue my best friend for 45 years who is now retired but who works tirelessly as a volunteer for the Butterwick Hospice. Jack my son, my mate and my coach. Jack is an Elite cyclist and professional coach for British Cycling, he has also created from scratch the most successful cycling race team in the country (Brother/NRG/DriverPlan). My daughter Ellie, my partner in crime – the two of us have some exciting projects lined up for the future. Ellie writes a fashion blog, and straight from University she has built up a great business as a social media consultant (Collab Media) Ellie has quickly become an influential member of the Teesside business community, representing some well-known local and national companies.

Work/life balance…

Most of the stuff I do doesn’t feel like work, it’s just great fun. I get to meet loads of cool people in great locations. In the last few weeks I have worked in Soho, Covent Garden and Spitalfields Market in London. As well as a wedding venue in Sunderland a cool record shop in Newcastle and on the deck of the ship PSS Wingfield Castle at Hartlepool’s Historic Quayside.

I thrive on…

Being busy and being challenged. What I like most about my modelling/acting work is that I never know what’s coming next and where the next job will be. I quickly realised that this type of work is very unpredictable and often organised at very short notice. This is a big part of the appeal for me as it regularly takes me outside my comfort zone – I love it.

What mid life means to me…

Being able to draw on all the experiences of the past to enjoy the future. Being in a position to, and able to, enjoy life to the full.


 

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