I am Shannon Thomas, the Director of Coerver® NZ, and owner of the Tāmaki territory in Auckland. I grew up in Western Australia where there were just two sports to choose from – cricket and rugby. I loved playing cricket and would spend hours in the backyard perfecting my craft with the ball. When I was 14 my family moved back home to Blenheim, and I was invited by my group of new friends to join their team – I had never even kicked a football before then. I fell in love with the game and this passion has stayed with me since then. The obsession grew and although I enjoy watching a variety of codes, English Premier League became my religion throughout my teenage years. I still start the Monday morning work day watching the overnight replay of Sunday football (a habit that’s far more socially acceptable now I am running my own business)!