Thumbs-up from Cliffo

TO say Wayne Clifford likes Rockhampton is an understatement.

Why else would he have spent more than 30 years living here?

Born in Adelaide, Wayne, 40, moved to Rocky with his family when he was 5.

He was schooled at Allenstown Primary and then St Joseph's Christian Brothers College.

It was during his secondary education years that his future career path was decided.

In those days students had the opportunity to sit the Commonwealth Bank exam.

"I just did it because all the other kids were doing it,'' Wayne recalled.

"I got offered a position from it (clerk) and I've been in the finance industry ever since.''

These days Wayne is executive manager of member services at Capricornia Credit Union.

Wayne is no stranger to the limelight: he is a prominent local triathlete who for several years, seven in fact, hosted his own sports show on 4RO radio, and later HOT FM.

Cliffo, or Schimmer, as he is more affectionately known, is also much sought-after as a master of ceremonies.

So where was the nickname Schimmer derived?

Wayne explained that he had spent a couple of years living in Brisbane.

"I rocked up to footy practice one day in my Brothers' jumper, which was similar to the North Melbourne Football Club jumper.

"At the time I had black wavy hair.

"The boys asked me if I had a nickname and I said 'None that I'd like to repeat'.

"They thought I looked like Wayne Schimmelbusch (former North Melbourne club captain and coach) and the nickname Schimmer stuck.''

These days Wayne's sporting involvement is confined to triathlon, which sees him training 15 to 17 hours a week.

"You couldn't get a better place to train,'' he said of Rockhampton.

"You've got some really good cyclists here to train with, you don't get stuck in traffic, and the weather's pretty good as well.

"There's no reason (for me) to move.

"I give it (Rocky) the thumbs up easily.''

In Wayne's spare time he likes to watch Australian Rules, being a passionate Brisbane Lions supporter.

The movies, and catching up with friends, are also favourite pastimes.

"I like to combine them.

"There's nothing better than kicking back with friends.

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