Rhys's mother, Sadie Williams, was born and raised in Australia, after school she went on to play for one of Australia's national teams. That was how she met Reginald Barrows, a former Durmstrang student who played on the Bulgarian team. Sadie fell hard and fast for Reggie, despite the fact he came off as a bit of a cocky hothead.
They hadn't been seeing each other long when Saide found out she was pregnant, she was over the moon about it though, and they quickly got married and decided that instead of choosing between Bulgaria or Australia, Regie took an offer to play for one of the UK Quidditch teams and they settled down in Liverpool, England.
Happily Never After
The sad reality of life hit Sadie hard about a year after Rhys was born, Reggie's hotheaded ways on the Quidditch pitch didn't always stay on the Quidditch pitch, and his drinking seemed to escalate after his son was born. Things went from bad to worse when Reggie played drunk, and caused quite the pile up on the Quidditch pitch, injuring himself and the team's star seeker. He had already been warned on numerous occasions for his behaviour, and this was the final straw, he was kicked off the team.
Being at home with nothing to do, and drinking his days away, it wasn't a pretty picture. Things turned violent, and Rhys grew up in the middle of the storm. Sadie's parents in Australia begged her to take Rhys and go home, that they would protect her, but Sadie still loved Reggie despite everything. When Rhys was eight years old, things escalated even more. Sadie's parents were contacted by the British Ministry of Magic, Reggie was dead, Sadie was being held for his murder, and they needed someone to come collect Rhys.They couldn't understand why Sadie was being accused of murder, or why it wasn't just self-defence when everyone knew how violent Reggie could be. Either way, Sadie was sent to Azkaban, and Rhys went to Australia to be raised by his grandparents, Arabella and Finnegan Williams.
Life moved on, and Rhys's grandparents did their best to give him a safe and loving environment. He did reasonably well at school, though he acted out a lot and was constantly getting into trouble. His grades rarely suffered though, especially in Divination, Runes and Arithmancy where he flourished. Though any class that bored him he intentionally acted like he didn't care about them or the grades he got in them. This was especially true in Geography. Once Rhys graduated, he planned to never look back, though life had a funny way of making things turn out in the opposite of what one wants.
Moulding Young Minds
At first Rhys had every intention of going out and making a living out of reading tarot cards to the blind-muggles. It had nothing to do with his seer lineage on his mother's side of the family and that he was adept at reading them, he just wanted to con the poor sods. Rhys travelled for a few years, at one point he even ended up in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. Anything he made he gambled away and drank the rest, he ended up back at home, jobless, penniless and with no clue what he was going to do but his grandparents weren't going to let him sit on his arse and do nothing. When a teaching spot opened up, they got him to apply, and that's been his life ever since.