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Meet The Team : Tiger

Written By Delano Staff 30 Aug 2017
Meet The Team : Tiger



I like to start the day with a long black & then move to a double shot cap during the day.
Drew, our roaster, has been roasting some really nice Colombian beans at the moment that i've thoroughly enjoyed – so I guess I like Colombia.
"In a day and age where it is so easy to get caught up and annoyed by the little things that don't matter I think its always important to remember: shit happens"
- Anonymous.
Mechanical Engineering Student, scuba & free-diving Instructor, surfing, climbing & slack lining.
Time travel – Who wouldn't want to go back to the warm weather of summer?
Ahhh, the story of my life...
The story starts in a small town in Melbourne called Nar Nar Goon. The year was 1995 and a handsome boy named Anthony (me) was born. I'm the son of two passionate teachers, so at the age of three our family moved up to a remote Indigenous community, called Gunbalanya in West Arnhem Land, where my parents taught in the local school.

It was here that there was an Aboriginal elder, also named Anthony, who unfortunately passed away. In the Aboriginal culture any person with the name of the deceased or similar is obliged to take on another name. The reason behind this is that Aboriginal culture holds the belief that this life is only part of a longer journey. When a person passes away, the spirit leaves the body and must be sent on it's journey into the Dreamtime. By saying the deceased person’s name in the months following their death, it prevents the spirit from making its way into the Dreamtime. If this is not respected and upheld, the deceased's spirit will be held back and haunt the family as a bad spirit. I was only three years old at the time, and my parents asked me what I wanted to be called in the interim, being a little 3-year-old with dearly loved tiger book, I said "Tiger".

We lived in Gunbalanya for one year before moving to, Milikapiti, another remote Indigenous community on Melville Island, part of the Tiwi Islands 80kms northwest of Darwin. Living in this community, I continued to be known as Tiger. After seven years living on the island, we moved to the Central Coast, NSW. It was at this stage where I transitioned from primary school to high school. As part of my enrolment here, the school insisted that I be enrolled with my official, legal name, Anthony. I had been known as Tiger ever since I could remember so $118 and a few forms later, I changed my name by deed poll and officially became Tiger. I went back to school, handed them my change of name certificate and told them that I was happy to be called by my official and legal name, Tiger. Tiger is who I am and who I grew up being.