NRL player Josh Dugan, and his ex-girlfriend Amanda Palmer, welcomed their son Jackson on July 25. Josh began playing for the Canberra Raiders in 2009, and was soon recognised as a very promising young fullback during his impressive debut season. He moved to the St George Illawarra Dragons this year, in controversial circumstances. Josh has been selected for the Prime Minister’s XIII, Country Origin, the NRL All Stars, and for New South Wales in State of Origin.
The Block co-creator Julian Cress, and his wife Sarah Armstrong, welcomed their first child on July 19 and have named their son Max Dargin. The Block is a successful renovation reality television series which has been running since 2003. Sarah is a publicist.
Sprint canoer Ken Wallace, and his partner Naomi Shears, welcomed their first child on July 12 and have named their son Nixon. Ken won two medals at the 2008 Olympics, including a gold. Naomi is a schoolteacher.
NRL player Beau Scott, and his wife Amelia, welcomed their son Noah John on July 6. Noah Scott joins big sister Ava. Beau has been playing rugby league professionally since 2005, and signed with the Newcastle Knights for the 2013 season. He has been selected for Country Origin, for New South Wales, and for the national squad.
NRL player Keith Lulia, and his wife Kelly, welcomed their first child in early July, and have named their son Koa. Keith has been playing rugby league professionally since 2007, has played for the Cook Islands national team, and in 2012 he signed with the Bradford Bulls in the English Super League. Next season he will play for the Wests Tigers, as they want to raise Koa closer to family in Keith’s home town of Wollongong.
Professional surfer Andre Teixeira, and his wife Anagdr Carvalho, became Australian citizens this month [pictured]. They have a baby son Josh, who was born in Australia. Andre is originally from Brazil, and is now a member of the Kirra Surfriders Club.
Brisbane Town Councillor Shayne Sutton, and her husband Stephen Beckett, welcomed their son Riley on June 29. Riley made a dramatic entrance, being born in the car on the way to hospital, and delivered by his father. Shayne and Stephen received a congratulatory phone call from the prime minister in hospital. Riley Beckett joins big sister Sarah, aged 4.
Columnist Clare Evans, and her partner, known only as Modern Dad, welcomed their daughter Harper Mae in late June. Harper joins big sisters D’Arcy, aged 16, and Mackenzie, aged 6, and big brother Cai, aged 7. Clare writes the “Modern Mum” column for Ipswich’s Queensland Times, and describes her children as “free range” and her parenting style as “fun”.
Middle-distance runner Eloise Wellings, and her husband Johnny Wellings, welcomed their daughter India Rose on May 17. Eloise competed at the 2012 London Olympics, where she represented Australia in the 5000 m and 10 000 m track events. She is the founding director of the Love Mercy Foundation, a human rights organisation working in Uganda.
Dancer Kate Wormald, and her husband Michael, welcomed their daughter Kylah nearly two years ago, but it has only recently been announced in the press. Kate has been a professional dancer since she was 15, performing in musicals, films and concerts; she just finished a three-month dance role in the opera Carmen. Many people will remember Kate for gaining third place in the first season of So You Think You Can Dance.