Life’s a beach for Rory
LIKE many people, Whitsunday Times and Whitsunday Coast Guardian journalist Rory Sheavils’ initial career plans didn’t quite work out as he imagined.
“I actually wanted to be a pre-school teacher,” he said.
“I did a week’s work experience towards the end of school and realised that was not at all what I wanted to do.”
At the tender age of 17, a re-evaluation of his future prospects was in order and he decided he wanted to be a journalist.
After three years studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast, he traded the of his hometown, Mudjimba, for the pastel-coloured sunsets and turqoise waters of the Whitsundays.
He moved to the local area at the end of January and is really enjoying it so far.
Rory says the best thing about journalism is the different experiences each day brings.
“The thing with journalism is you’re meeting different people every day and out and about actually doing stuff and seeing things,” he said.
“And I think there’s something different about the written word – it’s very permanent and very forceful. There’s a power to it.
“Ideally I’d like to write a book but I don’t particularly think I have the endurance for that sort of thing.”
What do you do to chill out?
I read, watch tv shows, go to work. Go to the beach actually, I’m going to the beach a fair bit. Went fishing on the weekend, that was pretty good. Used to fish quite a bit in my younger days and since I’ve been up here everyone goes fishing so I thought I’d join in.
Where’s the best place to eat in the Whitsundays?
Buddha burgers. It’s good value for money and tastes good.
Last movie you saw in the cinemas?
I think it was the last Hobbit movie. It was pretty much what you’d expect from a Lord of the Rings film.
What do you do for work?
I work at the Guardian as a journalist.
Plans for the next 12 months?
I guess to make friends up here, and to just get more settled in the area and advance my career. I want to go skydiving.
Any last words?
My motto for life is don’t worry about what’s done. Worry about what you’ve got to do.
EASY DAYS: Whitsunday Times and Whitsunday Coast Guardian journalist Rory Sheavils.