Paulini Curuenavuli for Barnardos Beach Bolt

Paulini Curuenavuli shot to fame during the first series of Australian Idol which launched the careers of Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Damien Leith and Jessica Mauboy. Now Paulini is lacing up for the Barnardos Beach Bolt at Coogee beach this Sunday and she has taken time out to tell us about life after Idol, her new single and why children are our future. 

Q: The music video for your new single, By My Side, launched on Wednesday, tell me about the new single

A: The new single is inspired by my faith and my sister who is a breast cancer survivor. I’ve always looked up to her and I feel stronger with her ‘by my side’, hence the title! Wanted the video to be uplifting, a celebration of life and the good times.

Q. What did Australian Idol give you?

A: Australian Idol was an amazing experience and it gave me a platform to showcase my voice. It certainly gave me an insight into the music industry, and I’m fortunate to still be doing what I love and I owe a lot of that to that series...and I made some great friends along the way.

Q: Tell us about growing up in Maroubra and what its like to be back in the area supporting the Barnardos Beach Bolt?

A: This area will always hold a special place in my heart as it’s where my family and I first lived when we arrived from Fiji. We used to have barbecues on Coogee Beach all the time when I attended Coogee Public School. My family still comes back every year for Carols and in the summer, I’m always here and the beach.

Q: What can we expect coming up for you in 2015/16?

A: I’m hoping to tour my new album ‘Come Alive’ - very excited to hit the stage around the country and share the new material this year and next! It’s the best part of what I do, I get to meet the fans and connect with audiences.

Q: Why is it important for you to support children?

A: Children are truly our future (there’s a song in there somewhere!). I have many nieces and nephews and all anyone ever wants of their young loved ones are to be safe, healthy and happy and we need to do everything we can to support, protect and encourage them. Hence why this Barnados campaign and the charity in general is so inspiring.

Q: Tell us a little about what you will be doing on the day.

A: I will be performing my new single ‘By My Side’ live on stage and as the new Ambassador for, I will also be running the course alongside all beach bolt participants. It should make for an amazing morning…can’t wait to see everyone there supporting such a great cause.


The Barnardos Beach Bolt will take place on Sunday, June 14 on Coogee beach from 9am

The Bolt itinerary will include:

  • The Elite Race
  • The ‘000 Race’, which will bring together our Emergency Services in a battle to be the best
  • The General Race, a walk or run for all age groups above 8 years of age

The ‘Mini Bolt’ – a shorter race especially for kids under 8 years of age.
All proceeds from The Barnardos Beach Bolt will go directly to Barnardos Australia to help stop child abuse.
Participants are encouraged to visit and register as a team, family or individual.
Registrations are, $10 (10 & under for Mini Bolt), $20 (8 -14), adults $40 (15+) and family $100 (2 adults, 2 children).

(This article was first published in the Southern Courier on 9 June, 2015 and was written by Raylene Bliss.)