Sheahan not running from age but won?t let it beat him
By GLEN SCOTT
The 43-year-old former Western Suburbs first grade rugby league winger may not be favourite to take out the Griffith University Australia Day Gift at Surfers Paradise tomorrow, but he won't just be making up the numbers either.
AGE shall not weary Kingscliff sprinter Paul Sheahan, nor will it slow him down.
The 43-year-old former Western Suburbs first grade rugby league winger won't enter the Griffith University Australia Day Gift at Surfers Paradise tomorrow as favourite, but he won't be making up the numbers either.
Sheahan took out the 70m and 90m sprint events in the Coomera Waters Gift on New Year's Eve, recording a bristling 9.09 seconds over 90m off a nine metre handicap.
The Gold Coast's Australia Day Gift is one of the most prestigious races in Queensland, attracting some of the country's quickest athletes.
Sheahan is quietly confident of holding his own, but concedes favouritism to some younger legs.
"I won't be the favourite," Sheahan said.
"Australian under-17 100m sprinter Heath Goodall will be there, and so will (former Olympic and Commonwealth Games 200m runner) Darryl Wohlsen.
"I think I'm rated 5/1, but you would have to say Heath is the favourite."
Sheahan has been running competitively since hanging up the football boots nearly 20 years ago.
With his turn of pace he was a natural winger in the former Winfield Cup, in little danger of being ousted on the flank by a few illustrious teammates.
"I played my football with guys like big Bruce Clark and (former test prop) John Donnelly," he said. "I was in a sprint race with the fastest players from each club one year and came third."
While some of his former teammates are being fitted with replacement hips and plastic knees, Sheahan seems to be getting faster with age.
He has won the world beach sprint title (40-45 years) for the past three years and hopes to capture a fourth consecutive world title in February.
"I'll be competing in Lorne, Victoria in mid-February and hopefully I can make it four in a row."