At work, what are you known for?
The watch man… and TikTok guy (laughs)
If you weren’t playing footy, what would you want to be doing?
Running my own business and increasing our stockist lists.
How did you describe your job to your kids, Mylee & Kai when they were little?
I haven’t really had to explain my job because they were both brought up watching Dallin and I play footy, so it has become a big part of their life… A little side note, my daughter had her first game of soccer on Saturday, and she said right before the game…“make sure everyone knows to watch my game on TV” (laughs)
NRL goes a while back in your family history – tell us about that!
Yeah, we have a deep and rich heritage in rugby league. Our great Grandfather Steve Watene paved the way for Dal and me. He was the first Maori to captain the New Zealand Kiwis and later on went into parliament. My brothers and I started playing footy at the age of four in New Zealand as my Koro Tuhoea Watene (Steve Watene’s Son) lived and breathed footy.
Who’s the person you most look up to?
My dad, he was always someone I wanted to grow up and become like. He showed me the meaning of hard work and sacrifice.
What inspired you to start your watch brand, WZelezniak?
I’ve always wanted to start and run my own company, and always loved watches growing up so I thought it would be awesome to start my own watch brand and wear my own designed watches. I always found myself reading about start-up companies like Apple, Google, Amazon and how they started working out of their garages to becoming huge successful businesses and thinking that I would love to achieve something similar.