SURE BEATS PIES: Former premiership-winning Penrith Panthers footballer Brad Izzard in his new WOW Sushi shop in Ballina. Izzar
SURE BEATS PIES: Former premiership-winning Penrith Panthers footballer Brad Izzard in his new WOW Sushi shop in Ballina. Izzar

Former footy star happyserving up sushi

By DAWN COHEN

FORMER Penrith Panthers idol Brad Izzard reckons feeding Ballina sushi is like having a barbie in your backyard every day.

"It's that relaxed," said the new partner in Riverwalk Arcade's WOW Sushi restaurant.

"Instead of asking whether you want sausage or steak, it's chicken or salmon.

"Everyone comes in with a smile on their face. I don't know if it's the weather or the lifestyle."

The 45-year-old, who played in the winning 1991 grand final Penrith side, moved from Sydney to Lennox Head last month with his wife Vanessa to partner friends Nick and Remy Tancred in the business.

"We have been trying to have kids, and the doctor said a change of lifestyle could help," he said.

"Every time we head back to Sydney we wished we could stay.

"Playing for the Panthers you can be visiting a sick kid in the morning and then lunching with owners of multimillion dollar businesses," he said.

"You learn to talk to every- body from all walks of life."



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