Getting to know a little about me

OVER the past two days you may have noticed someone new in the back pages of your local NewsMail.

I, Shane Jones, have taken over from Ben Turnbull and started the job this week.

The journey to here has been an interesting one and I wanted to use this article to introduce myself to you, our readers.

I was born and raised in South Australia in the lovely Adelaide Hills.

My family has been connected to that area for more than 150 years and I am the sixth generation of the area.

In 2007 I graduated from school and my journey took me to Bathurst, New South Wales, to study sports studies and journalism.

Despite being away from family, and friends, I embraced the community and became a part of it.

The Bathurst 1000 was also a major highlight for me because I am passionate about motorsport.

I also learned a lot about the local sports in the area during my time at Charles Sturt University.

Since 2011, when the double degree was completed, I have been freelancing for a lot of organisations without landing a full-time position.

Now I have that as your new sports reporter.

In the brief time I have been here I have witnessed first hand how passionate you are about your sport.

I am the same.

Eating, living, and breathing sport is something I do and I want to show the same passion with your stories.

There are plenty of stories to be told here in Bundaberg and I look forward to hearing them and reporting on them.

I also want to embrace the community and Bundaberg as much as I can. I have fond memories of my time in other places and can't wait to create the same in this area.

I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who has welcomed me already.

I look forward to working in the community and giving the sporting teams and players a voice for their region.

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