Wade Graham is a professional rugby league footballer who has represented not only his beloved Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks but also both his state and country. Wade’s diverse and breadth of talent has seen him play a variety of positions which is unique in today’s brutally competitive landscape. Wade is a fierce competitor who strives to deliver a high performance culture across everything he is involved in. It’s this ongoing pursuit for excellence which has seen him gravitate to leadership roles within his club team but has also contributed to the high level of respect he is granted both on and off the field.
His status in the game and likable character has earnt him media roles with Channel 9, Fox Sports and Triple M.
25th October, 1990
in Blacktown, NSW
Lilli Pilli, Sutherland Shire
“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness
Just like many young kids, Wade had a dream to one day play on his local stadium ground, Penrith Panthers Oval. He was the envy of his young team mates as the skinny ball boy for Penrith home games on weekends.
In 2008 his dream came true when he made his first grade debut with the Penrith Panthers at the young age of 17 and still in high school.
He later signed with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and went on to proudly represent both his state and country playing at the highest level.
The highlight of his career being the unforgettable premiership win in 2016 with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.
Family is everything to Wade. Having 3 sisters, Wade shows strong empathy towards others and learnt the skills of holding your own within a conversation at a very early age. Fiance Karianne and Wade share the same strong family values and strive to be the best parents they can be for 11month old William. Wade is extremely hands on and enjoys spending every spare moment with his little shadow never far from him.
Understand your body to ensure it performs at it’s peak, knowing when to push hard and when to rest. Always fueling from the inside out and knowing what’s best for your physical and mental health.
Believe in yourself, set goals, be disciplined and get there! Push through the hurdles, pot holes and speed bumps because the feeling of success overcomes any feeling of being uncomfortable during the tough times.
Inspire others through being a good role model, lead by example and don’t expect from someone else what you don’t demonstrate consistently.
Grow through reading anything and everything. Learning is a daily habit that has huge benefits to your personal growth and also provides some calm downtime.
Relax and refuel by doing the things that make you laugh and make you feel good on the inside. We all need a break from the pressure to perform, to be able to sustain consistent commitment over the long term. For Wade, this is reading, cooking, playing golf, spending time with family, mates and travelling in the off season.