Full Name: Peter Shefford
Nick Name: Sheff
Brief Background in The Sport: I commenced involvement as a player back in 1985 in Albury, NSW, as a summer alternative to Rugby League. In addition to playing I got involved in coaching at a representative level when living in Townsville, QLD, in the early 90's, and also took on positions in selecting, refereeing & administration with Defence Force Touch. When moving to Melbourne I played mainly with Phantoms at Albert Park & Elwood Park comps, and Kendall Pirates & Cool Runnings at Diamond Valley, before moving into a primary coaching role with Triton Touch club. I have played/coached affiliate level with Diamond Valley, Elwood, and Fawkner Park, and was instrumental in the formation of the VT League, the inaugural Uni Blues VT League franchise, and the Victorian Trans Tasman challenge - where I also coached both the 'Australian' and 'New Zealand' Mens teams to wins. I have also coached Monash & Victoria Universities at Australian Uni Games level. Over the years I have held the (Touch specific) roles of Technical Director for the Australian Universities Games; Technical Director for the Australian & NZ Police Games; Technical Director for Qld Touch; and Development Officer, Director of Selectors, Director of Coaching, Technical Director and President of Touch Football Victoria. I have received the VicSport Volunteer Coach and Administrator of the Year awards, and twice been a finalist in the VicSport Eunice Gill Leadership in Sport category. I was nominated for Life Membership of Touch Football Victoria in 2007.
Representative Honours History (State, NTL and Australia):
Victorian Boys 18s Asst. Coach 2001
Victorian Girls 18s Asst. Coach 2001
Victorian Womens 30s Coach 1999
Victorian Mens Open Coach 2002-03 / 2006-07
Crusaders Mens 20s Asst. Coach 2001
Crusaders Mixed Open Coach 2002-04
Crusaders Mens Open Coach 2005-06
Sunshine Coast Mens 20s Coach 2009
Sunshine Coast Mens Open Asst. Coach 2010
Australian Defence Force Warriors Mens Open Coach 2011
Queensland Mens 30s Asst. Coach 2008
Queensland Boys 14's Manager 2009
England Womens 30s Coach 1999 World Cup
Australian National Selection Panel 2002 / 2004
Australian Mixed 18s Asst. Coach 2005 Youth World Cup
Australian Senior Mixed Asst. Coach 2005 All Nations
England Touch Head Coach 2007 World Cup
Australian Mixed 20s Asst. Coach 2009 Trans Tasman
Coaching the England Womens 30s to a bronze medal in the 2009 World Cup - the first international medal ever for a northern hemisphere team.
Winning the 2005 Youth World Cup with the Australian Mixed 18s.
Coaching Triton Touch Club Mens A Grade to 5 x consecutive Elwood Grand Finals (for 3 premierships), and Triton Touch Club Mixed A Grade to 5 x consecutive Fawker Park Premierships
People that have influenced your career: Micheal Lovett & Karley Banks. Both great coaches with a great passion for the sport.
What does it mean to you to represent your Country: To represent any country is a great honour, but to do so in the green & gold is extra special. I am a proud 'aussie' and love the sport of Touch, & to be able to combine the two and compete at the highest level is not really something that can be described - it really has to be experienced to give the feeling justice.