About David : The Island Life
Although currently living in Southampton David has lived over 21 years on the Isle of Wight and it's those years that keep drawing him back to the Island. So what is David's Island connection:-
- David grew up on the Island having moved there in 1970 aged 7.
- David attended schools in Cowes: Denmark Road Primary, Solent Middle & Cowes High schools.
- David was in 2nd Cowes (St. Mary's) Scout Group for 10 years, gaining all the top honours including Queen's Scout and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards.
- David was member at West Wight Swimming Club for over 5 years, and became qualified Lifesaver as well as age group champion one year.
- Did an apprenticeship at Plessey Radar, Cowes, which included 4 years study at the Isle of Wight Tech College, gaining TEC Certificate and Higher Certificate Awards.
- David gained the top Apprentice Award and sponsorship from Plessey's for his Electrical and Electronic Engineering Honours degree.
- David played for the Isle of Wight Hockey Club for 14 years. He was captained and vice-captained teams for over 6 years; playing a very active role in the running of the club.
- In the 1980's David was an active member of Cowes Rotaract Club, including one year as Club President.
- David started political campaigning in the 1980's with the Liberal Party and Steve Ross MP, before the Liberal Democrats were formed.
- David first stood for election in the 1987 Medina Borough Council elections and served as Wootton Bridge Parish Councillor for nearly 4 years.
- David met his wife on the Island, they were married in Cowes Baptist Church and their two children were born at St Mary's Hospital, Newport.
- David's mum, brother and his family still live on the Island.
- David's mother Jenny Goodall, who lives in Wootton, worked as an operating theatre sister at Frank James and St Mary's Hospitals, ran 3rd Cowes (St Mary's) Guides for a number of years, plays a very active role in the Women's Institute and until 2013 took a leading role in running the Island's Best Kept Village competition.
- David's father Alan Goodall, worked as a Police Officer in Hampshire Constabulary for 30 years, the last 18 on the Island, before retiring as a Police Inspector. He had the unique distinction of being captain of three golf clubs. He was Cowes captain in the 70s, Osborne in the 80s and Ryde in the 00s. David's father was also a former captain and president of the IW Golf Alliance, a former secretary of the IW Golf Union and at the time of his death in 2009 was its president.
- David's brother Martin Goodall, who lives in Wootton, also worked as a Police Officer in Hampshire Constabulary for 30 years, including a number of years on the Island, before also retiring as a Police Inspector. Martin managed the Isle of Wight team in the International Island Games Association's competitions in both 2011 and 2013. He is currently chair of the Association on the Isle of Wight and is a keen tri-athlete for Wight Tri.
- And finally... David thought his family were the first part his familytree to live on the Island, until he found his great great grandparents lived on the Island in 1861 and their first child was christened in Freshwater, it appears the Island is a place that just keeps drawing his family back.
This is why if elected to be the Isle of Wight's Member of Parliament David and Kerstin would move back to the Island.