Born in Tasmania, I spent my early years as a resident of Battery Point and later Sandy Bay where I attended Hutchins School. After finishing, I moved to Melbourne to play for South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and continued with my studies.

After three years I returned to Tasmania to study law, while also continuing with sport with the Sandy Bay Football Club, Sandy Bay Cricket Club.

I represented Tasmania in the cricket and was lucky enough to become the Australian junior and senior royal amateur tennis champion.

In 1977 I married my wife Jill and we now have four children and four grandchildren together. Over the years our family has participated in taekwondo, all achieving black belts.

On completing my sporting career, I turned my focus to the ABC to commentate on both football and cricket. My commentating career in football lasted more than 15 years and expanded into a football program on 7HT on Saturday mornings with Noel Grey.

I then took a position with the Tasmanian Football Commission for a number of years, the last of which I was the Chief Commissioner for Tasmania Australia National Football League.

I was also a member of the Tasmania Cricket Association Board for many years and was a representative on the Swimming Tasmania Board.

My wife and I raised and educated our Children in Tassie and are proud of the contribution they have made and will continue to make to the State.

I was a partner at Wallace, Wilkinson and Webster until being elected to Parliament in 1995 and stepped back from law, taking the occasional case to keep my feet on the ground.

I have been proudly representing the electorate of Nelson in the Legislative Council for nearly 18 years.