Shane (also known as “Poff”) grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. He had an adventurous childhood; swimming in creeks and rivers, climbing trees and bridges, roller-skating, riding his BMX or anything on wheels.
One may ask, where does he get this zest for life? He says, “When it’s time to leave this earth, I want to be all used up and wrung out like an old sponge, with nothing left to give”. His enthusiasm for getting the most out life is infectious!
At the age of eighteen, Shane enlisted in the Army and joined the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), Australia’s airborne infantry battalion.
As a young paratrooper, there was adventure and excitement, but with the role came deeper understanding of courage, discipline camaraderie, loyalty, physical and mental endurance. These skills and core values would guide Shane as he negotiated the future challenges in his own life.
After his military service, he moved around with his family, making the seaside town of Port Macquarie on the east coast of Australia his family home. This is where he found the love of the ocean and would regularly spear fish, surf, and ocean kayak. The surrounding area also gave way to mountain biking, road cycling and paragliding.
He is a grandfather to Sophia, a father to three amazing children, Samuel, Luke and Amelia. He is a brother to a fantastic sister Tammy, and a son to a wonderful and caring mother Robyn.
His latest quest ‘ups the ante’ as he pursues the “7 Summits”, an expedition which covers the highest point on the seven continents.