Shane Wakelin

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Shane Wakelin
Personal information
Full name Shane Wakelin
Date of birth (1974-08-12) 12 August 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Whyalla, South Australia
Original team(s) Port Adelaide (SANFL)
Height / weight 191 cm / 92 kg
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–2000 St Kilda 094 (19)
2001–2008 Collingwood 158 0(1)
Total 252 (20)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Shane Wakelin is a former Australian rules footballer for the St Kilda and Collingwood clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

Wakelin was born in Whyalla, South Australia on 12 August 1974, a few minutes after his identical twin brother Darryl, who was born just before midnight on 11 August. When Wakelin was six months old his family moved to Kimba, South Australia where his father farmed sheep. Wakelin was 13 when he moved to Port Lincoln, South Australia. At 16 he and his brother were recruited by South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club Port Adelaide and they made the move to Adelaide.

AFL career[edit]

Recruited from Port Adelaide by St Kilda in the 1992 AFL Draft, Wakelin debuted in the Australian Football League (AFL) in 1994. He became noted as a hard-working defender at St Kilda and, during the mid to late 1990s, was part of a defensive combination with his twin brother Darryl which was considered very effective.

Wakelin played in five of 22 matches in the 1997 AFL season home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL Finals Series, winning the club’s 2nd Minor Premiership and 1st McClelland Trophy.[1]

After playing only four games in 2000 he became disgruntled with St Kilda and was later picked up by Collingwood Football Club, where he reignited his career and continued his trademark consistency as a defender.

Wakelin signed on for the 2007 AFL season knowing he would probably spend much time in the reserves. Due to injuries to other Collingwood backmen, however, he was often selected and was crucial in defence for Collingwood during that year. For the 2008 AFL season, due to the sudden retirement of fellow Collingwood backman James Clement, Wakelin agreed to another season for the Magpies.

At the end of the 2008 season he retired after Collingwood's loss in the semi final against St Kilda ended the team's season.

In 2003 Wakelin appeared on a shampoo commercial for Sunsilk Base Elements, which also featured fellow Collingwood players Brodie Holland and Richard Cole. This wooden performance earned him the "Tool of the Year" on AFL variety show Before the Game.

Environmental activism[edit]

Wakelin is a strong supporter of sustainable transport, and famously sold his car in 2007 for environmental reasons, using public transport and bicycles as an alternative, even to travel to football matches he was playing in.[2] On 5 June 2012, he took part in a stunt for Melbourne radio station Gold FM's breakfast program which involved a competition to see which mode of transport would get someone from Nunawading railway station to the Gold FM studio in Richmond in the shortest time. Wakelin took the train and won the competition, completing the journey in 41 minutes. The motorist took 49 minutes, with the bike rider taking 53 minutes.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Wakelin married wife, Ligita, in 2003 and they now have two children – daughter Charlie Elizabeth, son Tom Leo.


  1. ^ "1997 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  2. ^ Mike Sheahan (22 March 2008). "Wakelin's two-hour ticket". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  3. ^ "And The Winner Is Shane On The Train!". Gold 104.3. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 

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