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Local Bloke: Wade Kelly from Clovelly

By James Hutton on April 4, 2017 in People

Photo: Grant Brooks

Photo: Grant Brooks

Born and bred Clovelly local Wade Kelly is best known in the area for causing pain to his rugby opponents, but these days pain mitigation is his profession. He shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here?
I was born opposite the Clovelly Hotel in 1979, and apart from a year up the coast and a 10-year hiatus overseas, I’ve been here ever since.

What’s your favourite beach?
They’re all sensational and have their different qualities, but there’s something magical about Cloey at high tide on a clear day. It just needs the right-hander off the pool to be a touch bigger!

What’s your favourite eatery?
La Spiaggia in Coogee. As authentically Italian as the old bloke who hand roles the gnocchi every morning out the back whilst fleecing his mates at cards.

Where do you like to have a drink?
Anywhere with good mates that doesn’t charge $10 a schooner. My mate Trev’s backyard pool bar serves a nice cold lager at the right price.

Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs?
It’s got everything – the beaches, the city, the harbour, and the diversity of the people. They come from all corners of the globe with their stories to tell.

Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs?
You need a mortgage for a loaf of bread and the traffic’s out of control.

Do you have a favourite sporting team?
The Wicks. Like Clovelly Beach, there’s also something magical about 3pm on Saturdays in winter at Coogee Oval.

What music are you into at the moment?
All sorts tickle me, but we normally I have Buddha Radio on – great tunes, no ads and no chat.

Who is your favourite person?
Hands down the missus, Shaye. Anymore laidback and she’d be horizontal. She’s pure pleasure for the soul.

What do you get up to on the weekends?
We normally get the posture exercises done, load up the boards and sand buckets, pick up Pappy Flano, and then find the best right-hander to bunker down on till lunch. Then it’s a big lunch with a few quiet ales and we’d possibly combine that with catching up with a few mates.

What do you do for work?
I’m a Postural Alignment Specialist at Pain Free Postural Therapy in Westfield Bondi Junction. I played and coached professional rugby league and union for 22 years and it’s by far the best therapy I had for relieving pain and preventing it from returning.

What’s your favourite thing about work?
Seeing people in pain realise and understand that it’s logical what’s causing it and it’s simple to fix it. Everyone should be pain-free and moving, no matter what age they are.

Do you have a favourite quote?
From the great philosopher from the 80s, Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t worry, be happy”.

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
In pain? We will help you. Come and see us at Pain Free Postural Therapy. I guarantee you will love it.