Still running fast and hard
‘‘ I got a call from Channel 7 about Dancing With the Stars. I was living in London at the time so I thought, ‘ OK, free trip to Australia and a bit of down time’.’’
Seven then gave him a presenting role on Beyond Tomorrow.
‘‘ Off that, Brian Walsh at Foxtel gave me a call and gave me a gig on Sky News reading sport.
‘‘ I haven’t tried to fake my way through it and I’ve been really transparent with my learning on there and have been criticised heavily. ‘‘ I stuck with it. There were many times I didn’t want to go in because it was difficult. It wasn’t just the reading part of it, that is almost secondary to the production. Anything that goes to air is my choice. I have to compile the bulletin, then get up and read it, and at times ad-lib as we go.’’
He will have a key role in Foxtel’s Olympic coverage alongside Eddie McGuire.
‘‘ There is a fundamental element that you take from your career as an athlete and that’s work ethic,’’ Shirvington says.
‘‘ The harder you work in training as an athlete the better the result. Broadcasting is the same.
‘‘ That has been preparing me for this (Olympics). I’ll do a studio gig with Eddie during Games time, which is 6pm to 11pm here (Australian time).
‘‘ We’ll be directing people to the best and greatest events. I feel blessed. There have been thousands of athletes come through who I believe could do this job and I’ve just been lucky enough to do it.’’
It’s in stark contrast to the tragic story of former Australian sprint champion Daniel Batman, who last month was killed in a car crash near Darwin.
Batman was oncemarried to fellow sprinter and Hockeyroo Nova Peris and the couple have two children.
‘‘ He was so talented — I’ve known him since he was 16 or 17,’’ a deeply saddened Shirvington says.
‘‘ He’d get himself in mischief and trouble . . . but that was just Daniel. He wanted to leave his mark.’’ Opening Ceremony, Fox Sports, Saturday, 5.30am