Peter V’landys best advice: ‘Don’t play or watch AFL or soccer.’

Welcome to Quick q – Monday’s Media weekly Q&A series dedicated to finding out more about the personalities that matter most in the Australian media landscape.

Every week The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will ask key figures across corporate media, business, sport, federal politics, radio, television and culture to answer a series questions about their life, careers, hobbies and news habits.

This week’s questionnaire is with one of the most important (and entertaining) people in sport, business and media: Peter V’landys, chief executive of Racing NSW and chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission.

Peter V’landys, chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission and CEO of Racing NSW.
Peter V’landys, chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission and CEO of Racing NSW.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

How did you get your big break?

Still waiting for it.

What are your daily news media habits?

Looking at the obituaries just in case I’m in it.

Which living person do you most admire?

My mother.


What is your guilty streaming pleasure?

The Hills on MTV.

Which phrase do you overuse?

No I’m not Chris Hemsworth.

What did you want to do when you grew up?


What was your first job?

At the age of eight – stocking shelves and fridges. Some say I should still be doing it.

Facebook or Instagram?

I’m still on Myspace.

Recommend a podcast…

Hello Sport Podcast episode 260.

What’s one vice you wish you could give up?

Dad jokes.

What’s the song that’s always on high rotation on your playlist?

Let it go.

What are you reading?

The formguide.

Favourite movie of the past decade?

Despicable me or Zootopia.

Top of your sporting bucket list?

The Everest at Randwick or the NRL grand final.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t play or watch AFL or soccer.

What are the three things you couldn’t live without?

Katerina, Nicholas and Maddie, who are my three kids. My wife realises she comes in at number four or five.

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