Matt Shirvington

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Matt Shirvington
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Personal information
Born (1978-10-25) 25 October 1978 (age 40)
Davidson, New South Wales
ResidenceMosman; London
Spouse(s)Jessica Shirvington
Country Australia
SportMen's athletics
Achievements and titles
World finals2001 Edmonton: 4 x 100m relayBronze
National finals
Olympic finals
Commonwealth finals1998 Kuala Lumpur: Mens' 100 m – Finalist
Personal best(s)10.03 seconds (1998 CG: Kuala Lumpur): Mens' 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. Shirvington is the second fastest Australian sprinter of all time. He qualified for the 100m semi-finals in Sydney 2000 finishing 5th.


Raised in Davidson, a suburb of Sydney, Shirvington now spends his time between Sydney and London.[2][3]


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.[2][4]

From 1998 Shirvington claimed five consecutive Australian national titles for the 100m sprint event. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, he broke the Australian national 100m record, finishing fourth in the final with a time of 10.03 seconds. Shirvington held the record until Patrick Johnson recorded 9.93 seconds in 2003.[5] He also featured in two World Indoor Championships 60m finals.


Outside his sporting career, Shirvington was a presenter of the Australian television program Beyond Tomorrow and participated in Dancing with the Stars in 2004.[6] He has also been a National Ambassador for CanTeen, an Australian support organisation for young children living with cancer.[7] 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. In 2013, he was announced as the new host of the Fox Sports NRL coverage and joined The Back Page as a co-host. In 2014, he co-hosted the ASTRA Awards with Shaynna Blaze.

Shirvington is the host of Friday Night Football on Fox League.

Links with NRL clubs[edit]

St George Illawarra Dragons[edit]

In the 2012 NRL pre-season, Shirvington was appointed as a sprint training coach for the St George Illawarra Dragons despite being a fan of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles[edit]

In the 2016 NRL pre-season, Shirvington signed up as a Sea Eagles member and recorded a video message encouraging other Manly supporters to either renew their membership or to sign up. Shirvington also regularly promotes the Sea Eagles via social media.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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

Shirvington is married to author, Jessica Shirvington (known for The Violet Eden Chapters)[9] and they have two daughters, Sienna and Winter and his son Lincoln.[3] The pair have been in a relationship since Jessica was 17;[citation needed] and they live in Mosman.[10]


  1. ^ Salvado, John (17 February 2018). "Trae Williams: Quadzilla sprinter nails stunning 10.10sec 100m to win national title". AAP. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Athlete Profiles – Matt Shirvington". Athletics Australia. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Matt Shirvington: Biography". Guest keynote and event speaker. ICMI. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Aussies slip up as Powell powers Jamaica to gold". ABC News. Australia. 25 March 2006. Archived from the original on 18 April 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  5. ^ Magnay, Jacquelin (6 May 2006). "9.93: Johnson dashes into history". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  6. ^ "Beyond Tomorrow: Meet the Cast". Yahoo! 7. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  7. ^ "National Ambassadors – Matt Shirvington". CanTeen. Archived from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  8. ^ "Shirvo pledges his support to Manly". Sea Eagles News. National Rugby League. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  9. ^ Idato, Michael (19 September 2012). "Twilight take two: Spielberg embraces Australian author". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  10. ^ Macken, Lucy (24 June 2017). "Olympian Matt Shirvington makes a speedy $7.5 million purchase of a Mosman house". The Sydney Morning Herald: Domain. Retrieved 19 February 2018.

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