Marie Shaw KC

Philanthropist and co-founder, Ice Factor program

2023 SA Australian of the Year Nominee

Law trailblazer Marie Shaw KC has seen countless children in court following a trail of neglect and dysfunction. 

She realised she could help these disadvantaged young people after witnessing the positive impact sport had on her dyslexic daughter. 

Marie helped set up the Ice Factor program at Thebarton Ice Arena in 2005. Thousands of at-risk high school students have taken part in the ice hockey program, learning team values and building their self-esteem. The program has helped many avoid homelessness, drug addiction and crime.  

Marie supported two ex-students in 2017 to set up the first Indigenous ice hockey team – the Kaurna Boomerangs. The team has since travelled across Australia and internationally. 

From a remote country town, Marie has fought her way to the top of her field. In her professional work as a senior criminal barrister, Marie also works pro bono and provides work experience opportunities for legal students.