Shane has always loved to swim and race. She received unprecedented national and international fame for her achievements, overwhelming for a child athlete of that era, which caused her to withdraw from competitive swimming when she was 17. This is ironic as her adult persona involves marketing, public speaking, writing, photography, film making and a portfolio of business interests.
Shane had a unique private family life for 22 years, raising 4 children, now adults, living a sustainable lifestyle on a farm in southwestern Australia. She raised commercial animals, trained horses, grew food gardens and was active in the Margaret River community in schools, sport and community issues.
Shane values health and continues to maintain a vigorous and high level of fitness and strength for her 56 years which allows her to surf, ride horses and compete occasionally in mature-age ocean and pool races. She has a strong belief that daily experiences in nature are vital for overall human development, wellbeing and vitality. Her robust health reflects this belief.
Shane’s philanthropic works include charities that act toward improving physical health and family relationships through activity in and out of the water. Together with her husband Milt Nelms,
Shane’s bestselling autobiography “Tumble Turns” was published in 1999 and updated 2003.
Shane also writes about current sporting issues and has insightful opinions about drugs in sport, junior and masters sport and sports career transitions. She authored a book ‘Fit for 50’ and contributed to an International journal of Visual Communication. Shane studied at the University of Tasmania doing a Masters of Environmental Management in the School of Geography in 2010. Her thesis investigated the social uses and functions of public swimming pools.
Shane’s diverse business interests include a holiday accommodation business Beachend Bicheno. She is on the Australian board of directors of Against Malaria Foundation who organise World Swim. Shane travels extensively internationally and has spoken or worked on all continents except South America and Africa.
|DOB:||23rd November 1956|
|Married to:||Milton Nelms 2007|
|Children:||Joel 1978, Kim (girl) 1980, Tom 1982, Kristin (boy) 1983 Grandkids; Kobi 2004, Ariana 2006, Ava 2011|
|Interests:||Reading, movies, gardening, pool and ocean swimming, photography, video production, surfing, golfing, body surfing.|
|Favourite food:||Mediterrasian, steak, fish, soy flat white, broccoli, licorice|
|People I admire:||Edward de Bono, Peter Dombrovskis (photographer), Edward Casey (Getting back into Place), Australian outback women pioneers, Jess McNeill and Sean Gladwell video artists.|
|Favourite music:||Cary Leewincamp, Chris Rea, Joni Mitchell|
|Books recently read:||Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy, A Bigger message; Conversations with David Hockney, by Martin Gayford, Sport and Political ideology John Hoberman, Getting Back into Place by Edward Casey, Relationscapes by Erin Manning|
|Charities I support.||
www.oceanplanet.org.au creating more Marine National Parks