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Shane Horsburgh

Education Consultant, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Social Issues

Shane Horsburgh is a re-definer of masculinity, constantly challenging the accepted interpretation of what a ‘real man’ is and how this view impacts our everyday lives. From counter-terrorism operative to author, educator and sometime stage actor, Shane’s inspirational and engaging style helps young men become better students, friends, partners and husbands. He has been engaged to speak at the National Press Club and TEDx to national and international audiences.

Where were you born?

Australia. A little place on the south coast of NSW called Batemans Bay.

What other jobs have you had?

I began my working life as a bank teller in a small country town before joining the NSW Police. I performed a variety of roles in the police (general duties, dog squad, drug squad) before being selected in the counter-terrorism team to provide security for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 2006, I headed to Iraq under the US Department of Defense to train the local police. On returning, I began the consultancy business I currently operate.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Allowing people of all ages to develop new pathways of thinking instead of being stuck in views that have been largely unexamined. With young men in schools it centres on exploring their view of manhood, how this view has been formed and strategies to overcome any negative aspects of this perception. It’s about relieving the pressure to ensure improved mental health.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Working in Iraq enabled me to meet and converse with an elderly Iraqi gentleman whose wisdom became the inspiration for me to write the book.

I also recently spoke at TEDx Canberra which was a fantastic experience.

What are you passionate about?

Being able to use the experience I have gathered in working in very ego driven environments to show other males a different way of thinking and being. To use this experience to help them develop new pathways of thinking so that issues like bullying, harassment, suicide and spousal abuse are not as common.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Perhaps. While writing ‘Fighting Blind’ I did a few TV ads and a couple of movies (A Few Best Men, Panic at Rock Island). I have also appeared in a few musical theatre productions in Canberra; most recently as Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Life is a rollercoaster. It has its ups and downs, but the ride is definitely worth it.


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