Shooting for Tweed
o SHANE Heal the developer in an apartment at Zen on Murphys Road, Kingscliff. D108427aBy ED SOUTHORN
SHANE Heal, one of Australia's greatest basketballers and a savvy property investor and businessman, has given the thumbs up to the Tweed Coast.
Mr Heal yesterday visited his latest business venture, the Zen apartments at exclusive Murphys Road, Kingscliff, where former Brisbane lord mayor Jim Soorley plans to retire.
Mr Heal, who lives at Hope
Island and this year became playing coach of the South Melbourne Dragons in the National Basketball League, has developed property in Sydney and owns Eagle Boys and Subway franchises on the Gold Coast.
He is a partner in the $10 million three-storey Zen project with Resort Corp and Usher Powell.
A four-time Olympian with the Boomers who also played professional basketball in America and Greece, Mr Heal told the Daily News the Tweed Coast was one of the best locations he has seen anywhere in the world.
"It's close to everything the Gold Coast has to offer, and to the airport, but it's so quiet and peaceful, and of course it has such great beaches, cafes and restaurants," he said.
Mr Heal, on his first visit to Zen since the project was completed, was accompanied by his daughter Ashleigh, who turned 12 yesterday.
Ashleigh plays basketball for the Runaway Bay Seahawks and dreams of one day emulating Australian women's superstar basketballer Lauren Jackson.
Mr Heal said it was important for parents not to push their children too hard into sports, because as kids grow older they develop competing interests.
If talented children are to real- ise their sporting potential, they should not feel the burden of
parental pressure to do so, he said.
But children need to be encouraged to find sports enjoyable, and the new Gold Coast basketball franchise, the Blaze, due to enter the NBL next year, would benefit from promoting their club and players in local schools, Mr Heal said.
He said the Blaze's new stadium at the Gold Coast Convention Centre should be a great home base, but he remains contracted to the Dragons for another two seasons.
Mr Heal joins former Wallabies captain John Eales among sports stars who have invested in the Tweed Coast property boom.