Its with great pleasure I introduce our next guest. He is Manly Sea Eagle. He made his debut off the bench for Manly in a 48 to 18 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the SFS in the opening round of the 1995 ARL season.
He scored his first points in his NRL career against the North Sydney Bears at Brookvale oval in round 12 of the 1995 season. He played 9 games in 1995, and 9 games in 1996 season.
This player was the back up to one of the Great full backs of his time (Mathew Ridge) so it was tough for him to get a look in. But in 1997 due to the Super League war and Ridge signing with Super League and the Auckland Warriors saw this player get some more game time. I’m pretty sure the highlight of his playing career was playing in the 1997 Grand Final at full back against the Newcastle Knights but unfortunately for Manly saw Andrew Johns going down the short side with only seconds to go. This Darren Albert over under the posts to seal the victory for the Knights in a very Memorable Rugby League Grand final.
In 1998 he went across to the Balmain tigers for 2 seasons before retiring at a very young age. He was only 24 years old. He played a total of 60 Top grade games, scoring 267 points in total. After retiring he moved into the health and wellness Industry becoming a personal trainer. He later went on to own his own personal training studio.
Now he owns his owns a successful 24/7 gym on the northern beaches of Sydney. He also has has a passion for helping others and has founded an ongoing community event called Walk N Talk which brings like minded people together to help prevent suicide.
- Media attention on players
- Shannon had a successful career as a young bloke. Playing a lot of ARL games at an early age
- Shannon had a strong family support. He grew up in a family of 5 kids. His dad was a successful motivational speaker & business man.
- Shannon dad had a big influence on his life
- His mum & dad pushed him to do things outside footy so he was studying his phys ed course at Uni
- Lots of ex NRL players struggle because they come from working class communities with little to no future outside of Rugby League
- Private school kids generally move more towards Rugby Union & the private school kids have a big network & lots of avenues to go if their Rugby Union Career doesn't work out
- The Celebrity status is gone after they retire & it doesn't take long for people to forget who they are
- The limelight moves onto the next kid who takes their place
- This leads to big drop in self confidence & self esteem
- Shannon did some landscape gardening while still playing a little bit of reserve grade in 1999
- Shannon just loved playing footy & influencing young kids, signing young kids autographs for them
- Big thing Shannon has learnt is to become a good listener.
- Communication & open & honest communication goes a long way to making the transition more smooth
- Try & think from other people perspective. You don’t know what's going on in someone else's life. So be careful before you go off at someone or reacting to someone who may be having a bad day.
- Always treat people how you would like to be treated
Walk 'n' Talk - https://www.facebook.com/Walk-n-Talk-1763929053823798/
Shannon's company website - http://www.thatfitnessplace.com.au/