Glenn Filtness

Gold Coast Treasure: Glenn Filtness

Glenn Filtness is an Australian soldier who is helping locals get fitter and healthier while also raising much needed funds for Soldier On.

Currently on long service leave after completing three tours of duty to Afghanistan, Glenn decided to he wanted to spend his time off motivating Gold Coasters to become the best versions of themselves. Using his experience gained from working within the Australian Army and Special Forces, Glenn started up his own bootcamp business called Coastal Fitness where he provides an outdoor training experience with real results.

Glenn then donates the proceeds from his bootcamps to Soldier On, an organisation that supports men and women who have been physically or psychologically affected by their service.

myGC caught up with Glenn for an exclusive chat – Watch below:

Sharon Gregory

Gold Coast Treasure: Sharon Gregory

For more than five decades, Sharon Gregory has been teaching children to swim.

Her grandmother like nature and infectious cackle laugh has the ability to calm the most frightened child and get them to start loving the water.

Gold Coast parents have been singing her praise for years, including local mum Yasmine who told myGC “Sharon is amazing with kids, especially disabled children.”

myGC headed along to one of Sharon’s swimming lessons to see her in action and to find out why she has dedicated her life to teaching kids to swim. Watch below:

Claude Harvey

Gold Coast Treasure: Claude Harvey

Claude Harvey is affectionately known as Australia’s favourite mower man. The 70-year-old Gold Coaster has been pushing his mower around the country for 10 years, clocking up more than 20,000 kilometres and raising over $850,000 for Bravehearts.

So what mow-tivates Claude keep on pushing his mower? He tells myGC he wants to educate, empower and protect Aussie kids.

Having pushed his mower pretty much everywhere, Claude has some amazing stories to tell. Watch the video below for more on this amazing local:

Gold Coast Treasure: John Cox

John Cox is an award winning animatronics genius based right here on Gold Coast.

He is regarded as one of the best in the movie-making business and has even won an Academy Award for Visual Effects for the movie ‘Babe’.

With more 35 years in the visual effects industry, Mr Cox recently shared some of his proudest work with locals as part of his How to Make a Monster: The art and technology of animatronics exhibition at the Gold Coast Gallery.

It was there that myGC caught up with John for an exclusive chat – Watch below:

The Village Markets

Gold Coast Treasure: The Village Markets

Founded in 2008 by Sarah Schoeller and Marissa Bowden, The Village Markets (TVM) has grown to become one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic fashion events.

It’s a place Gold Coasters and tourists come to hangout, explore a lineup of stalls, enjoy live local music, feast on delicious eats and experience plenty of good vibes.

In the video below, the duo reveal how they came up with the idea for the markets, how they grew it quickly from a once-monthly market to a 3-time a month event spread over two locations, and what’s next for TVM.

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