News reporter and HBF Run for a Reason ambassador Angela Tsun talks about her love of science, the world of television and being active in the great outdoors.
For Angela Tsun, a career as a news reporter was the perfect way to combine a love of the natural world and a desire to help educate others. As the anchor for Channel Seven Perth’s 4.30pm news and weather presenter for the 6pm news, she now lives out the life she once fantasised about in high school science classes.
“Science was always one of my favourite subjects at school, and I’ve got a bit of an outgoing side as well, so I was always involved in drama and things like that,” Angela says. “I remember watching a David Attenborough documentary in biology class in year 12, and I thought, wow, what a perfect marriage of doing something that’s scientific and knowledge-based, but also something that’s a bit fun, and that has an impact on others.”
“I always wanted to do something that would allow me to travel and see the world.”
Angela began her reporting career as a weather presenter for The Weather Channel – a job she was offered during her first semester of studying Science Communications at the University of New South Wales after an excursion to the television station. “It was a perfect opportunity to learn the art of television and presenting and learn more about the weather and climate,” she says.
Six years later, with her degree completed and plenty of weather reporting experience under her belt, opportunity called in Perth, and she became Channel Nine Perth’s leading weather presenter on the 4:30pm and 6pm news bulletins. She also hosted the travel show Postcards and presented on Just Add Water. “I’ve been very lucky,” she says. “I always wanted to do something that would allow me to travel and see the world.” As an avid scuba diver, one of her highlights has been travelling with Postcards to some of the best diving spots around the globe. “It’s magical down there – it’s another world.”
“Running is such a great thing to do. You release a lot of stress, and it’s great to be outdoors.”
This year, Angela made the move to Channel Seven, where she has had the opportunity to expand her skills and present news stories as well as weather. “I’m loving it. I feel very comfortable at the news desk,” she says. “It’s added another layer to my career, which I great because news can take you anywhere in the world.”
Angela’s love for getting outside and being active makes her the perfect ambassador for this year’s HBF Run for a Reason. “I think it’s a great event. There are many great causes that are supported through the event, and I’m a big supporter of people getting fit and healthy,” she says. “Running is such a great thing to do. You release a lot of stress, and it’s great to be outdoors.”
For the fundraising aspect of the Run, Angela has chosen to raise money for The Heart Foundation, in part motivated by the impact heart disease has had on her family. “Both of my grandfathers had to have open heart surgery, and seeing what they have gone through I think The Heart Foundation is a great cause, and we need to put more money into research,” she says. “I’ve also over the years been involved in lots of children’s charities through my work in television, and met lots of little kids who have suffered from various heart conditions. So the cause is very close to me.”
HBF Run for a Reason is on Sunday 26 May. Follow Angela’s lead and register now!
Health Q and A with Angela
How do you stay fit and healthy for your job?
I love being outdoors and exercising. Over the years I’ve done a bit of yoga, a bit of pilates, and also recently I’ve been doing Pump classes at the gym, which is great for toning up and keeping fit. I try to mix it up and have fun with it – otherwise you can get really bored, and your body doesn’t respond as well if you’re doing the same things over and over.
In terms of keeping healthy, you are what you eat. I know it’s really clichéd but it’s so true – it’s really important to have a healthy diet.
What do you do to relax?
We’re lucky here in Perth that we’ve got some beautiful beaches and great weather. I love getting outdoors and getting down to the beach – when it’s 36 degrees, it’s the best place to be. Friends and family are really important in my life as well.
What’s your advice to beginning runners?
For those who haven’t run much before, don’t push yourself too hard. You don’t want to end up dehydrated or injured. It’s really important before you exercise to stretch lots, and if you do have an injury to take care of it. Drink lots of water – it’s really important to hydrate before you exercise as well as during it.