MATT SHIRVINGTON 37, SYDNEY, SPORTS PRESENTER, COACH AND OLYMPIAN
I WASN’T ON THE RADAR TO BECOME A CHAMPION SPRINTER until I was 17. And didn’t take running seriously until I met my first coach Michael Khanel. He helped me transform from an average sprinter to an 18-year-old Australian Junior 100m champion.
I’LL NEVER FORGET walking out in front of thousands of people at the 2000 Sydney Olympics – it was an incredible feeling.
A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I’d packed on a few too many kilos while juggling my work, kids and the stresses of everyday life. So, I got back into training, and now try to do something energetic everyday.
THE IDEA OF BECOMING UNFIT SCARES ME so I have a ‘default’ session for when I’m pushed for time. I’ve nicknamed it the “Super Bowl”. It’s short high intensity bursts of 40 metre runs in 20 minutes on a hilly grass park near home.
LONG DISTANCE IS NOT MY CUP OF TEA. I have an aim to run a half-marathon one day and I’d consider a marathon eventually.
MY DAUGHTERS ARE BOTH VERY ACTIVE. The youngest, Winter (aged 7), is starting Little Athletics for the first time this summer – she’s pretty competitive and really enjoys it. The eldest, Sienna (aged 9) likes dancing.
BECAUSE I USUALLY RUN ALONE I TRY TO KEEP SPORTS SOCIAL. A couple of my mates introduced me to wakeboarding – it’s a lot more physical that I anticipated, but it’s great fun. We usually mountain bike or surf on the Northern Beaches in Sydney.
I RELAX by watching sport on the TV. Rugby League wise, I’m a Manly Warringah Sea Eagles fan and try to get to a couple of games every now and again.