Q Are You? Local road inspector and bowls identity Joe Criddle in the hot seat

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Joe Criddle with his wife Leanne.
Camera IconJoe Criddle with his wife Leanne. Credit: Supplied

This week’s Q Are You subject is road inspector Joe Criddle, who is also big in the local bowls scene. Is he a straight shooter or is there more than meets the eye to this local sports identity?

How did you come to live in Geraldton and how long have you called it home?

I moved from Mullewa as a child to Geraldton 55 years ago and have loved every minute.

What’s your day job and the best thing about it?

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Road inspector for GHD working for Main Roads. It’s rewarding work and I get to work with a lot of great people plus see a lot of regional WA.

What do you do for fun?

Play lawn bowls – but sometimes it’s not fun. I also part-own a couple of race horses, which again not much fun sometimes if they don’t run too good.

What’s a habit you would most like to break and one you would most like to start?

I’d like to break my smoking habit. A good habit to have would be to never be late.

Finish this line: Come to Geraldton for the ______, stay for the ______.

Come to Geraldton for the great variety of sport, stay for the hospitality.

What’s your most embarrassing moment or something you wish you’d never done?

Put down two bowls on the wrong bias in the state pairs playing with Dennis Spargo in the ‘90s. It was very embarrassing as it was against a couple of state players. A long time ago now, thank God.

If you weren’t in Geraldton, where would you be?

Probably Bunbury in the South West, we have family in the region.

Who inspires you the most?

People who aspire to do the best work they can possibly do.

If money was no object, what would you do?


What’s something that never goes out of style and something that should never be in style in the first place?

Good manners is never out of style. Bad manners never in.

What song sums up your life right now?

If You’re Happy and You Know it (Clap Your Hands).

If you would like to have a go at Q Are You, send in your answers and a high resolution photo of yourself to news@geraldtonnewspapers.com.au

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