Life’s a beach for Rory

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

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.

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