Committee

 

Photo: Aaron Paraiso

PRESIDENT - William Fedor (VIC)

The first Eurovision I watched was in 2004 when I saw Ruslana win with ‘Wild Dances’ for Ukraine.  Ever since then I followed Eurovision gradually and not realising that many songs I that I have enjoyed over the years came from Eurovision, including many of the classics that we hear today.  It wasn’t until I met my beautiful partner Aaron that I became more involved.  Watching Jessica Mauboy on TV representing Australia as the interval act in Copenhagen.  I knew then that we would be going to Vienna the very next year and I have been hooked ever since then.  Little did he know that he created a monster and unleashed the inner Eurovision fan inside me. 

I’m originally started off as  a primary member of OGAE Rest of World and participated in their many online activities and attended events held in the host cities.  Until the 1st of September 2019, I was a  secondary member of OGAE Australia and attended many events as well as volunteered my assistance.  From that date, I decided to nominate and accepted the role as President of OGAE Australia.  Thus now becoming a Primary Member of the Fan Club.

Also somewhere in my spare time, I’m a Board member and Marketing Manager of the Tramway Museum Society of Victoria Inc and assist with running of this volunteer organisation and the operation of their Tramway Heritage Centre in Bylands, Victoria.

 

VICE PRESIDENT - Troy Bass (SA)

Troy is based in Adelaide, and for his daily job works at a call centre of a telecommunications company. In his spare time, he is heavily involved with indoor sport in South Australia. Whether it be watching, officiating, administering – he has in fingers in all facets of sport. His other favourite pursuits include travel (especially Europe), socialising with friends and networking.
Troy's Eurovision experiences includes travels to Malmo 2013, Vienna 2015 and Kyiv 2017.
As part of the previous ESCFAN Committee, he hosted the Melbourne Second Chance video contest – getting into full spirit in denim lederhosen, and attended and co-hosted both 2017 Eurovision preview parties in Melbourne and Sydney.
Now as a Vice President, he is there to act as support for the President and also be an integral part of the workings of the ship. He will be attending Lisbon 2018 and will have the opportunity to be able to assist the President in representing OGAE Australia.

 

SECRETARY - Kurtis Carter (NSW)

I've been dedicated to Eurovision since 2012 but only went for my first time in 2016 in Stockholm Sweden, when Dami Im was chosen to represent Australia. I already loved Eurovision and Dami, so I thought this was the perfect match, and it was for Europe too, with Dami placing 2nd! Australia's highest score ever!

From 2016 onwards I went every year. 2017 - Kyiv and this year 2018 in Lisbon.
I joined ESCFAN (now OGAE Australia) in 2016, after the Contest was held for that year. I only found out about the club from bumping into Ali Nella Houd on the Swedish metro.
By Eurovision 2017, I was able to participate in the tours and activities in Australia and Ukraine held by the fan club. Whilst participating at these events, I was able to develop some awesome friendships. Sharleen Wrightwas a big inspiration of mine and encouraged me to become more involved with the club. I have also admired and enjoyed working with the previous Committee and am looking forward to working hard with our newly formed Committee.

 

TREASURER - John Tzimas (VIC)

John is a Chartered Accountant of over 30 years living in the suburbs of Melbourne. He works part-time as a consultant and enjoys travelling regularly to his second home in Crete, Greece. He has two grown kids and lives with his son’s dog (Padfoot). John has been on committee since inception in December 2015 as Treasurer and membership co-ordinator. He has enjoyed ESC for over 15 years and hosts parties at his house when in the country. His first live experience was in Kyiv in 2017 and the thing he enjoyed the most was Euroclub (the music and the people).

 

GENERAL COMMITTEE - Andrew Crossman (ACT)

I suppose I should introduce myself too!  Andrew here, one of your general committee members. I partly live in the ACT, but also in and around Broken Hill, Far West NSW. I joined the committee last year and helped with the organisation of our inaugural Canberra event (with the Portuguese Embassy and EU commission now as contacts) as well as with our Sydney events.... I am an avid Eurovision fan, heading to my 8th contest next year. Im generally friendly and loyal like a puppy dog....and am also incredibly friendly when fed . Despite that, I don't bite...and am always up for some friendly banter, so if you see me at an event come and say Hi!  If I'm not on here...Im normally found flying around the countryside for work (Im a doc), or writing letters to the editor (yes, I am just over 40 now so why not!?)!!. Im glad to work with such a great team...and being a part of ESCFAN has really changed my Eurovision experience. With that, see you soon 

GENERAL COMMITTEE - Danie Tregonning (VIC)

Hello members!

For those who know me, hello again! Yes, I’m back on committee after a little rest.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the stripey-haired, stick carrying (sometimes wheelchair using) uber excitable loud lady from Melbourne, (who also lends her voice to a podcast some of you may know), and you may have seen me at events since early 2017.

In my past life, I worked in retail for the two major department stores here in Melbourne and currently I work as freelance fine artist and voice over actor.

Looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can at events, seeing you all online, AND maybe even in Israel, which could be my first ever Eurovision

 

GENERAL COMMITTEE - Laura Smith (VIC)

Hello!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Laura and I’m one of your new ordinary members on the ESCFAN Committee.

You might have seen me at events from last year’s post-AGM disco onwards. I’m the one with the big hair dancing (or singing) like nobody’s watching! Like Danie, I also get pretty loud and excitable haha

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce part-time at Monash University, as well as working part-time at a factory making medical products and as a cashier at a supermarket. A checkout chick who checks out chicks, if you will 😜 yes you read that right, I’m gay. I mean, this is a Eurovision fan club after all 😛🏳️‍🌈

In my spare time I enjoy playing roller derby (and roller skating in general), going to the gym, jamming on my ukulele or flute, and drawing Eurovision-related fan art.

I watched my first Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009 and have been hooked ever since! My dream is to go to Eurovision one day (but it probably won’t be in 2019 unless I get extremely lucky...like winning the lottery lucky)

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at events or online!

Love love peace peace,
An Aussie Girl on Skates

 

GENERAL COMMITTEE - Gemma Schuhmann (QLD)

Hi all!

I'm so excited to be a part of the committee this year. This club has completely changed my Eurovision experience over the last couple of years. Now I feel it is my turn to give back to the club that has given me so much!

So if our paths haven't crossed yet, here's a little bit about me. I'm from a small rural town outside Brisbane (closest dairy farm to the city 😂). But don't stress I'm not all country! I've spent the last 9 years working within the pet industry in the outer suburbs. My other passion is travel. I intended to have one gap year, 7 years on and it's still going!

Eurovision time! The reason why we are all here. I first watched the contest in 2011. Managed to missed Semi Final 2 but that didn't stop me from falling head over heels. By the end of 2013 I had done a little bit of travel and decided it was time to go. A miracle happened, the website crashed and a grand final ticket was somehow mine! I was on my way to Copenhagen. I had so much fun but I left thinking I wouldn't go back. But of course I did and I haven't looked back since then. My life for the last 5 years has been work, save, Eurovision, travel, repeat. And I don't think I will be stopping that pattern any time soon! 5 contests down and it's my favourite week of the year! I just can't put into words how much I love Eurovision. To see people from so many different countries dancing side by side, holding their flags, while belting out a song, is still one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed!

Bring on a new exciting Eurovision year! Can't wait to dance with you all either in Australia or Israel

 

GENERAL COMMITTEE - Christopher Dean (VIC)

Hello there...! Time to introduce myself.

After joining OGAE Australia in March of this year, I never thought I would be here 6 months later writing about myself as part of the committee. Boy, things certainly move fast around here.

I had been a casual Eurovision viewer from the 90’s until 2014, when I hosted my first Eurovision Party with my (then new) partner, who fell asleep in the first song due to sickness...ha ha. Since then, we have become certified Eurovision fans, and will be attending our first Eurovision together in Israel 2019...and we can’t wait!

Unfortunately, the biggest Eurovision fan in the family will not be coming with us. Our little bundle of fur, Olly, has celebrated Eurovision for the past 3 years on his Instagram @ollydayz (shameless pug plug), with no chance of that Barbara Dex coming his way. And if you’re wondering...yes, his wardrobe is bigger than mine.

Many of you will know me from Eurovision All Stars, which went from a small idea to a full time job in a matters of weeks. I’m so excited to be presenting the new committee’s first event, Eurovision All Stars Semi-Final 1 Trivia Night, in just a few weeks, and then do it all again with the voting for the second half of the contest.

As part of the OGAE Australia committee, I guess you’re all going to see a lot more of me, and my (apparently) good legs. Looks like I’m gonna have to stock up on more short shorts.

Anyway, I look forward to meeting more of you, and more importantly, seeing many of you in Tel Aviv.

Cheers,
Chris