Born in an Army Jungle hospital in Singapore on the 27 of September 1984 where his father was based with the Royal New Zealand Navy, Shaun then moved to the North Island of New Zealand to the Waiouru Army Camp at the age of 2 and lived there while his father was involved in a communications program.
At 4 years of age, Shaun moved to Devonport, Auckland which is home to the Royal New Zealand Navy where his father was based. Shaun was always involved with sport playing soccer from the age of 5 until he was 7 when he started playing Rugby for North Shore Rugby Club. Rugby was to rule his life for 18 years, making the first XV at the age of 14 and playing in various age group teams while growing up.
Rowing entered Shaun’s life when he was 14 years old for Takapuna Grammar School, which provided the stepping stones to Surf Boat Rowing and eventually the Tasman Sea. As well as preparing for the Tasman Crossing, Shaun is currently studying for his Masters in Business Administration after working in business development and advertising for the past 3 years.
In 1977 Colin Quincey, Shaun’s father became the first man to row solo from New Zealand to Australia taking a grueling 63 days and 7 hours. Until 2009 Colin was still the only man to successfully have crossed the Tasman Sea solo from New Zealand to Australia. In March 2010 Shaun stepped up to be the second man in history and first to row from Australia to New Zealand to conquer the Tasman Sea. Shaun’s epic voyage took 2 years of planning and 54 days of rowing in the world’s most dangerous ocean departing from Coffs Harbor and narrowly hitting the northern tip of ninety mile beach.
As well as telling the tales of the Tasman supported with dynamic audio visual content from the expedition Shaun can tailor the key note message your function based around the following topics.
• Motivation and Perseverance
• Attacking the Dream
• Selling through Adversity
• The benefits of Sponsorship
• Changing Adversity to opportunity
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