Coming Up Collins

So what does a training regime look like for someone preparing to be an Ironman champion?


Daniel Collins started out spending every weekend at the beach when he was still in his stroller, his family dragging him from beach to beach to watch his father compete as a Surf Boat rower.


From there it was a natural progression into Nippers for Daniel and his two sisters, starting at Merewether then moving onto Redhead.


Training under Ross Blatchford, Daniel’s commitment to swimming and Surf Lifesaving has seen him go on to represent NSW and Australia at many competitions.


“I love Surf Lifesaving. It’s such a challenging sport and it’s always a surprise as to who will win – it’s never boring,” Daniel tells us as we sit down to wish him luck for his upcoming comp.


One of his most memorable moments happened in 2014 when he was selected to represent Australia in the Junior World Surf Lifesaving Championships against more than forty countries in France.

“I remember sitting on the lounge, a little while after I had done the trials, it was about 8pm,” Daniels says. “The phone rang and they said You’ve been chosen in the World’s team, do you accept? All while I was shaking and Mum was asking Who is it? I replied – Yes of course I accept!


‘‘Getting picked in the Australian team recognises you as one of the top for your age group and the next step will be moving on to the open leagues, the Nutri-Grain series, so it’s a great stepping stone,’’ Daniel had said of his selection in 2014.

Now, Daniel is currently training for the 2017 Nutri-Grain Ironman Finals Series.


Certainly a very exciting time for the young athlete and Villager Property are very proud to be a part of Daniels sponsorship team and supporters.


So what does a training regime look like for someone preparing to be an Ironman champion?

“I have two sessions a day, that involves running, swimming, a ski session and a board session. The Merewether stairs get a good workout too,” Daniels tells us. “It’s basically sleep, eat, train, repeat.”

Daniel outlines his weekly training schedule which includes:

Swim: 35 km

Paddle: 20km

Run: 15km

Board: 20km

Of course, thinking about all this hard core training led us to ask Daniel what he eats to keep his energy and body in optimal condition.


“Whatever Mum puts on my plate!” He laughs.

“I love lasagne. Mum’s lasagne is the best – that’s race food.”

Daniel is also attending University, studying Exercise Science to further his career in sport and his passion for the body and how to train it.

Daniel competes in the Nutri-Grain Lifesaving Championships which are being held on the 26th and 27th of November.


Daniel will be wearing number 17, so be sure to watch out for him on the day!


Hilltop Haven

Only minutes to the CBD, Newcastle’s cultural hot spots and transport – this one is perfect for those looking for a beautiful nest, high on the hill to enjoy the views and the lifestyle of inner city Newcastle.


Imagine living so close to Darby Street, Bar Beach and the Anzac Walk that a scenic stroll, crave worthy dining and world class swimming is practically just in your backyard.


This unit at The Hill puts you in the center of the action, while providing a bright and private haven with modern touches such as open plan living and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.




All this is adjacent to the most spectacular al-fresco balcony with expansive views over Newcastle’s CBD and Harbour – a place where you can sit and soak in the view from coffee time to champagne time: your own live-in lookout.



2 light and comfortable bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and easy access to the large bathroom. The bathroom features extra storage and an internal laundry.


The master bedroom is adjacent to the balcony, enjoying the breeze from the harbour below.


There is convenient off street parking under the carport, and an additional outdoor area within the welcoming front patio.


Only minutes to the CBD, Newcastle’s cultural hot spots and transport – this one is perfect for those looking for a beautiful nest, high on the hill to enjoy the views and the lifestyle of inner city Newcastle.


Contact Villager Property to enquire about this haven on the hilltop.

Loving Life on Buxton Lane

This home has been transformed with a floorpan that encourages you to love living life on Buxton Lane.

Original Beauty is part of the very fibre of this home – and you notice that from the moment you step inside of this gorgeous welcome hall.


Decorative original features blend seamlessly with modern touches into an open plan space where beauty and functionality become one.14-buxton-adamstown-7

This bright space evokes a stylish lifestyle of entertaining, authentic family living and alfresco afternoons.

3 bedrooms are all wonderfully appointed, 2 with with built in robes and all with views of trees, some breeze and an invitation of Zees.



There are 2 bathrooms – the large family bathroom and a handy shower and toilet adjacent to the internal laundry.


 Stunning street appeal with landscaped gardens, decorative patio and colour coordinated garage with internal access to the home.


Easy walking distance to Brunker Road shops, and only a moments drive to shopping at Westfield Kotara or 10 mins to Newcastle CBD. When you return home with all that shopping – there is a good sized kitchen here to exercise your culinary skills while still enjoying the view and open plan living.



 Polished floorboards, decorative trim in the hallways, glass french doors to backyard and side patio, and a deep relaxing bath are just some of the special touches you will love in this home.


The landscaped backyard with lawn, paved courtyard, established trees and an undercover entertaining deck to enjoy it all from.


This traditional home has been redesigned into a floorpan that encourages you to love living life on Buxton Lane.


If you have liked what you have seen give us a call and we can show you inside this gorgeous Adamstown property.