Matt Shirvington

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Matt Shirvington
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Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Australia
World Championships
Bronze 2001 Edmonton 4x100 m relay
Olympic Games
Men's Athletics
Semi Finalist 2000
Sydney
Athletics
Men's 100 m
Quarter Finalist 2000
Sydney
Athletics
Men's 200 m
Telstra Athletics Championships
Men's Athletics
Gold
medal
2000 Telstra Athletics Championships
Hobart
Athletics
Men's 100 m
Gold
medal
2001 Telstra Athletics Championships
Sydney
Athletics
Men's 100 m
Gold
medal
2002 Telstra Athletics Championships
Canberra
Athletics
Men's 100 m
Gold
medal
2003 Telstra Athletics Championships
Adelaide
Athletics
Men's 100 m
Gold
medal
2004 Telstra Athletics Championships
Perth
Athletics
Men's 100 m
Gold
medal
2005 Telstra Athletics Championships
Perth
Athletics
Men's 100 m
Commonwealth Games
Men's Athletics
Finalist 1998
Kuala Lumpur
Athletics
Men's 100 m

Matt Shirvington (born 25 October 1978) is an Australian athlete and television presenter who held the Australian 100m national sprint title from 1998 to 2002. He's the 2nd fastest Australian of all time.

Shirvington was raised in Davidson, a suburb of Sydney and now spends his time between Sydney and London.[1]

Athletics[edit]

Shirvington generally competed in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay events, finding the most success in the 100m sprint. He competed in the 2000 Olympic Games, the Athletics World Championships from 1999 to 2007 and the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2006.[1][2]

From 1998 Shirvington claimed 5 consecutive Australian national titles for the 100 m sprint event. In the 1998 Commonwealth Games, he broke an Australian record and finished fourth with a time of 10.03 seconds in the 100 m. This record stood until 2003 when Patrick Johnson achieved a time of 9.93 s.[3] He also featured in two World Indoor Championships 60m finals.

Television[edit]

Outside of his sporting career, Shirvington was a presenter of the Australian television program Beyond Tomorrow and participated in Dancing with the Stars in 2004.[4] He has also been a National Ambassador for CanTeen, an Australian support organisation for young children living with cancer.[5] In 2009, he had a cameo and one line in the third episode of the :30 Seconds.

In June 2010, Shirvington joined Sky News Australia as a sports presenter.

Shirvington appeared in a guest role on the Australian version of The Biggest Loser in 2010.

He appeared in TWO 60m world finals

In 2013, he was announced as the new host of the Fox Sports NRL coverage and joined The Back Page (TV series) as a co-host. In 2014, he co-hosted the ASTRA Awards with Shaynna Blaze.

St George Illawarra Dragons[edit]

In the 2012 NRL pre-season, Shirvington was appointed as a sprint training coach for the NRL club St George Illawarra Dragons despite being a fan of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. During his tenure the club's average sprint times improved by 7%.

Personal life[edit]

Shirvington attended St Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School in Davidson & returns occasionally to inspire the students.

Shirvington is married to author Jessica Shirvington (known for The Violet Eden Chapters) and together they have two daughters Sienna and Winter. According to Jessica, the pair have been together since she was 17.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete Profiles – Matt Shirvington". Athletics Australia. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Aussies slip up as Powell powers Jamaica to gold". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 March 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-04-18. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  3. ^ Magnay, Jacquelin (6 May 2006). "9.93:Johnson dashes into history". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Beyond Tomorrow: Meet the Cast". Yahoo! 7. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  5. ^ "National Ambassadors – Matt Shirvington". CanTeen. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 

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