Hitting it big in Lincoln and abroad

I grew up in Adelaide in the coastal suburb of Largs Bay. I felt a strong connection to the water from a very young age, and much of my childhood was spent fishing at our shack at Silver Sands or on the River Murray.

I was fortunate enough to go on three trips around Australia during my school years. Mum, Dad, my younger sister and myself would spend months at a time sharing the confines of a small pop-top caravan as we travelled around this amazing country. The knowledge gained from these experiences was undoubtedly much greater than anything the classroom could offer.

These trips also fostered my desire to learn about the ocean. I distinctly remember returning from a snorkelling trip on the Great Barrier Reef as a 10-year-old and declaring to my parents that I was going to be a marine biologist when I grew up! From that point I never wavered from my career ambitions, and was accepted into Marine Biology at Flinders University upon graduating from Urrbrae Agricultural High School in 2000.

At this point I was playing cricket at West Torrens District Cricket Club, and a typical weekday was made up of an early morning fishing session with mates followed by university lectures and cricket training. Life was great!

I completed one year of my degree before heading to the UK in 2002 to play cricket for Uxbridge, just outside of London in the Middlesex Premier League. At 18 years of age I’d never been out of Australia before, and looking back now I can’t help but think that my parents might have been a little nervous! This time abroad was arguably the most amazing six months of my life, and the life skills learned far outweighed my development as a cricketer.

My plan was to finish my degree before returning to the UK for another season. That all changed when I met a girl from Butler Tanks at a West Torrens karaoke night. Rather than head back to the UK, I made the move to Port Lincoln to complete my Honours at the Lincoln Marine Science Centre.

My Robbie Williams impersonation must have worked, because Alyssia followed soon after and it wasn’t long before we were engaged. I began working in the aquaculture industry, where I received some fantastic opportunities to put my research into practice within a commercial hatchery.

Alyssia and I married in 2008 and two years later welcomed our beautiful daughter Chloe into the world. Our son Jonty arrived a 2013, and life certainly hasn’t slowed down! Work, cricket, fishing and a passion for horse racing rarely provides a dull moment. A new career opportunity with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula presented itself just after Jonty was born, and I have been working there ever since. Cricket has always played an important role in my life, and since moving here I have been privileged to represent Eyre Peninsula and SA Country for a number of years.

Fortunately, I’ve also tasted success as part of the first Eyre Peninsula and South Australian sides to win the state and national championships along with a number of premierships for Southern Eyre South. These are memories I will always cherish.

I am very grateful for the opportunities life in Port Lincoln has provided me with during my short time here. It certainly is a wonderful community and fantastic place to raise a family. The fishing isn’t too bad either!