Home' Scoop : Scoop 54 Summer 2010 Contents ydia Tsvetnenko will soon be walking the
infamous Kokoda Trail to raise awareness of breast cancer. The trek along a
torturous path winding through the jungle slopes of Papua New Guinea is
not for the faint-hearted. Lydia, who loves fashion design and is Perth’s new
party princess, has absolutely no fear at the prospect of spending a gruelling
week up to her knees in mud, surrounded by insects and wild animals. In fact,
she can hardly wait. It seems she is a lot tougher than the shallow, media-
driven public image would have you believe.
Lydia Gaug g grew up a farm girl in the working-class suburb of Orange
Grove in the Perth foothills. Luxuries were few but life was good. “As kids,
we weren’t allowed to stay inside the house all day. We were expected to use
our imagination and find our own fun on the property. I loved it. I could
climb trees faster than most boys I knew.”
She also got plenty of tree-climbing practice at her grandmother’s farm
in Corrigin, and was taught by her mother to sew and make her own clothes,
a skill that would blossom into a talent for design – today she has her own
fashion design studio in Los Angeles.
As a young boy growing up in Russia, Zhenya Tsvetnenko was also
considered fearless. “If there was something dangerous to be done, my friends
would say ‘Let’s get Zhenya to do it’. If it was exciting, I’d do it without
thinking. They called me The Test Pilot,” he says with a smile. His progressive
parents indulged their son’s adventurous nature, allowing him great freedom
of self-expression. Zhenya expressed himself by chasing wild animals and
climbing sheer cliff faces, or, alternatively, fleeing from wild animals and
realising half-way up that those sheer cliff faces were rather, well... sheer.
Zhenya’s father, an academic scientist, arrived home one day with an early
version of the personal computer. Zhenya expressed himself further by
learning to program, and re-program, the now ancient machine. He was six
years old. His family moved to Australia when he was 10 and by the time he
enrolled at university in Western Australia – 12 years after touching his first
computer – he knew more about programming than many of his lecturers. It
would be only a matter of time before his unique talent came to the fore. In
the meantime, he found the girl of his dreams.
Zhenya and Lydia met at a Perth nightclub in 2002, and married in 2008.
The inter vening years were pretty standard by all accounts: nine-to-five
jobs, hanging out with friends, Christmas with the family... oh, and Zhenya
pioneering SMS gateway technology for premium mobile messaging services
and becoming wealthy beyond his wildest dreams.
Suddenly rich, the couple were able to indulge their every fantasy. They
travelled, bought themselves a luxury car or two, threw a few blindingly
extravagant parties, and appeared in the local social pages as the new ‘It’
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