Lo­cal journo moves to the big leagues

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­days has lost yet an­other tal­ented jour­nal­ist, with the Whit­sun­day

Times and Whit­sun­day

Coast Guardian’s Kea­gan Ryan head­ing to Mel­bourne.

Hav­ing spent the past 20 months in the re­gion, Kea­gan is tak­ing over as ed­i­tor of Mul­tisport Mag­a­zine.

“It’s a new chal­lenge, but I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” he said.

Re­lo­cat­ing from Mount Isa in April last year, Kea­gan quickly found his feet here in the Whit­sun­days.

“I prob­a­bly learnt as much about my­self as I have about the in­dus­try in my time here,” he said.

“I’m definitely go­ing to miss the weather and the life­style. Mov­ing to Mel­bourne is go­ing to be a shock to the sys­tem at first.”

Hav­ing played AFL, cricket and ten­nis dur­ing his time here, Kea­gan said the lo­cal com­mu­nity had been very wel­com­ing.

“I re­mem­ber when I came here play­ing sport was definitely a good way to meet peo­ple and socialise,” he said.

“It was daunt­ing mov­ing to a place where I didn’t ac­tu­ally know any­one, but I think play­ing sport definitely eased that pres­sure a bit.”

De­spite his fond­ness for the Whit­sun­days, Kea­gan said he was look­ing for­ward to liv­ing in the city.

“I’ve al­ways loved Mel­bourne and it’s closer to fam­ily as well,” he said.

FAREWELL: Guardian and Times jour­nal­ist Kea­gan Ryan in ac­tion with the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles.

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