In this month’s edition of In Profile, we sit down with General Manager, Events Shane Warman to talk all things life, lockdown, and how he recently led New South Wales to a State of Origin victory.

Name: Shane Warman

Title: General Manager, Events

Favourite event/events you have worked?

The major events are always the ones you look back on as the favourite events, although stressful at the time. ACDC 2010, Adele with 95,000 people and the 2019 State of Origin with NSW winning in the last minute were all ones that come to mind. However being here for 15 years, there are definitely many more.

What are you currently watching (TV/Movies)?

Like most people, watching the Olympics in lockdown! With 2 young kids, there is plenty of kids programs throughout the week. Bluey is always a favourite and my daughter is now into Frozen and Elsa. For me – when I am feeling the need for inspiration or focus I tend to watch old Tour de France races with Lance Armstrong. I know, controversial…

What’s been your most interesting discovery over the past year?

GIN! I am now officially on the Gin bandwagon.

With COVID-19 – realising the simple things in life shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Where will be the first place you go when travel restrictions are lifted, and why?

Anywhere sounds great at the moment! Family holiday, probably somewhere like Noosa or the Gold Coast where it’s warmer and the kids can get to the beach. 

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work?

Usually with a fair amount of weekend work coming with the job, I do try and spend as much time as I can with the family.

I do actively play sport still being Touch Football, and enjoy keeping fit. And also don’t mind a little bet on the horse racing every now and then.

How have the Warman family been keeping busy during the Sydney lockdown?

We are probably doing what most families are doing which is going for walks and trying to find different locations. My son Riley is now riding his bike without training wheels which is great, so he often rides around Narrabeen lake and I run next to him which wears him out and keeps me fit.

We are also lucky enough to have a back yard and spend lot of time out there on the weekends on the trampoline or kicking a ball around.

We hear you’ve had quite the sporting career. Can you tell us about your Shute Shield days?

I’m not sure it’s a sporting career, but I played rugby since I was 7 years old.

I used to play Rugby for the Warringah Rats for a number of years, being a halfback and then moved to fullback as I got older. Between many injuries, we managed to win the Shute Shield in 2005 which was a pretty special moment.

I ended up playing for 10 seasons, retiring in 2009 after it became difficult juggling rugby with work and the weekend events. I now play touch football which allows me to play competitive without the soreness of rugby from all the hits.

Tell us about some of your other sporting achievements, we’ve been told you recently became a State of Origin champion?

I play touch football now at a competitive level. We recently won the National Championships in March and I was then selected in the NSW team to play against Queensland in Coffs Harbour in June, just before COVID hit.

The series is played every 2 years and I’ve been selected to play in the last 3 series.

We won this years series 2-1 which is always great to beat Queensland and was great to have the family come up and see me play.

Is it true you pushed through a possible career-threatening injury to lead the team to the win?

I wouldn’t say it was a career-threatening injury. I did dislocate my shoulder playing in one of the matches after diving over for a try. I had to go to the hospital to have it put back in.

I came back and played in the next match with the shoulder strapped up, and helped the team wrap up the series.