When he’s not working as the general manager of his family’s watch empire, Adina Watches, you’ll probably find Grant Menzies on month-long cycling holidays with his wife, Nichole, and his own personal peloton, Estella (11), Archie (9), Audrey and Clancy (7).
Take us back to the moment you met your first child – what can you remember?
I can’t help but chuckle at that question! When I was first passed Estella, wrapped up in her little blanket, we had already decided on the name Estella. The first thing I said, though, was, “you sure she doesn’t look like a Ruby??” The other funny thing about that whole hospital experience was driving home. I think I drove at 40km/hour with my head on a swivel like the Terminator!
Did you have any big fears or concerns before becoming a father? Did any of them come true?
I always worried about not being a good Dad – whatever that means. For me, I feel being a Dad has brought out the best version of myself; where you get to be the person that these little people look up to daily. It keeps you honest and keeps you humble.
What’s been your proudest moment, so far, as a dad?
Each year for the last ten years, as a family, we have packed up our bicycles and travelled to Europe to cycle and camp across the incredible European landscape and immerse ourselves in the history and culture of many different countries. It makes me insanely proud to see the kids overcome different challenges they come across during our adventurous trips, whilst embracing the world around them.
What is one thing your kids do that drives you absolutely crazy?
Our kids don’t know how to sit still! They are always keen to be doing something and I am thankful they have each other to play with or Nichole and I would be in real strife! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – on our honeymoon, Nichole announced that we were going to have a relaxing resort day but I lasted ten minutes sitting by the pool before I decided to paddle around the island. Our kids are exactly the same!
What is your favourite way to bond with your kids?
With my role at our family business, Adina Watches, the crew put up with my continuous travelling and long hours so it has to be our annual cycling trips to Europe where there is no interruptions from the phone, social media or emails. I can be 100% engaged with the family on what can only be described as a genuine family adventure!
If you could pick one superpower to help with your daily ‘dad’-ly duties, what would it be and why?
Without a doubt, it’s being organised! I’d love to simply get things organised quickly and keep things that way but still be able to have a laugh about always chasing my tail. It’s who I am!
How would your kids describe you in three words?
When I asked the kids for this answer the funniest came from Audrey, who responded suspiciously, “why are you collecting this data Dad?!”.
Estella – Funny, energetic and supportive
Archie – Determined, proud and loving
Audrey – Happy, strong and funny
Clancy – Strong, funny and cool
Do you have any family traditions?
It didn’t start as one, however it has now become our tradition each year to camp on Moreton Island with another couple of families. We have been doing this for six years now, and there is no stopping the experience of enjoying Christmas lunch on the beach with all the trimmings surrounded by family and friends…priceless.
When you’re at home, what is your favourite time of the day?
Dinner time! We always sit down and eat as a family around the table, and each have a turn telling what the favourite part of our day was and what we did for someone else to make them happy.
What skill or trait did you get from your parents that you hope to pass onto your kids?
That nothing is achieved without hard work, so I would say definitely my hard work ethic. Aside from that, I hope in their lives no matter what they undertake, that they never give up going for their dreams.