SPRINTER Paul Sheahan is set to defend his title at tomorrow?s Griffith University Australia Day Gift.
SPRINTER Paul Sheahan is set to defend his title at tomorrow?s Griffith University Australia Day Gift.

Pumped for Gift action

By ADAM WRATTEN

sports@tweednews.com.au

KINGSCLIFF-based sprinter Paul Sheahan has unfinished business he wants to right this year.

The former Western Suburbs rugby league winger, who was this week named the Tweed's senior sportsman of the year, is in great shape heading into the business end of his season.

Tomorrow, Sheahan, 42, will compete at the Griffith University Australia Day Gift at Surfers Paradise in the open, veterans and veteran 70m divisions.

Then he has his sights set on a major professional race in the southern NSW town of Temora in three weeks' time followed by the Queensland and Australian surf carnivals at the end of February and mid-March respectively.

After defaulting with a false start at last year's nationals Sheahan wants to put in a winning performance in his age division. His track record is impressive, he has won three of the last five finals.

"I've got to go better at the nationals this year," Sheahan said.

"I feel as good as ever."

He is gunning for victory tomorrow. "It (the gift) all depends on your handicap.

"I think if I can get a start of 12-12.5 metres I am in with a real good shot."

Sheahan raced to victory at last year's Gold Coast gift, where he won by the narrowest of margins from favourite Brett Robinson ? a runner 18 years Sheahan's junior.



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