Wayne " Buck" Shelford

Wayne " Buck" Shelford
Keynote Speaker, MC, Panelist, Speaker
Adventure, Health and Lifestyle, Inspirational, Leadership, Motivational, Sport

It’s been claimed that Wayne Shelford, or Buck as he’s commonly known, is one of the toughest men ever to set foot on a field. The first of which was in his home town of Rotorua where as a teenager he played for a local rugby league team. He began his representative rugby career in 1978 where he played for the New Zealand Colts and the New Zealand Combined Services.
He then went on to play for the Auckland Rugby Union in 1982 where he made 28 appearances. In 1985 Wayne was voted Player of the Year and it was also in this year that he joined the North Harbour Rugby Union (a break-away Union) and within three years Wayne led North Harbour to first division status for the 1988 season.

Wayne made his test debut in 1986 against France and would go on to appear in 32 matches (13 tests) for the All Blacks and held captaincy from 1987 until 1990 when he was dropped in controversial circumstances. The general public were unhappy with this decision, especially when the All Blacks lost the third test of their next series against Australia, ending a 17-test winning streak (and 49 game streak including non-tests) without Buck leading the team. Ardent fans started appearing at games with signs saying “Bring Back Buck”, which continues even to this day at sporting events throughout the world.

As well as representing the All Blacks, Wayne also represented the New Zealand Maori All Blacks (first in 1985) and then captained the 1988 tour.
In the 1991 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to rugby.

In 2007 he was faced with an opponent tougher than him – cancer. Now in remission he often speaks about his fight for his life and in 2012 released ‘Buck Up : The Real Bloke’s Guide to Getting Healthy and Living Longer”. His charismatic demeanour and inspirational story sees him regularly speaking to businesses about the need for men to take better care of themselves.

We selected Buck as a key part of our sponsored opening night dinner due to the timing of the upcoming Rugby World Cup with this industry conference. He was an engaging and entertaining speaker who kept the total audience (460 delegates) interested for the full duration of his speech. He delivered what the delegates wanted (rugby related stories and thoughts) and feedback the following day at the conference was very positive.
Goughs Equipment Group
A very good link in the presentation between rugby player and forestry worker and [Wayne] hit main parallels in issues relating to health and safety issues as well: the importance of good teamwork, looking after your mates at work and in following good H&S work practices
Kaingaroa Timberlands Management
We wanted a motivating but light-hearted speech, which is what Wayne presented. His strong voice made the speech easy to listen to and kept the staff's attention.
Anchor Products Ltd
Regarding Buck’s general feedback – he is a hero in this neck of the woods, he was a good MC and he was extremely easy to get on with and was extremely adaptable. He also scored 100% for his social intercourse after his role finished at 10pm and was great in mixing and mingling with the guests. Well done Buck!!!

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