Living in first gear a habit
BRENNON Dowrick will not be in London performing his pummel horse gymnastics routine at the 30th Olympic Games next month.
But the former two-time Olympian's adrenalin will still be pumping as the international sporting event hits TV screens around the world.
While Dowrick retired from gymnastics 12 years ago, the Sunshine Beach resident and ambassador for Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort now shares his love for sport with major corporations around the world.
He inspires businesspeople to become more motivated and passionate about what they do, through his other love of public speaking.
But the gymnast is not like other public speakers.
Dowrick said one of the major differences between himself and other speakers was his point of doing gymnastic demonstrations, to apply passion and motivation in sport to business.
While he has performed in front of millions during his sporting career, Dowrick said the adrenalin that came from his new job was still a big rush.
"Performing at the Olympic Games is one of the most nerve- wracking things as it is something you have been preparing for your whole life," he said.
"I go through the same mental preparations before my routines on stage.
"It's still important to me to get the routine right.
"It still gets the adrenalin pumping.
"If I didn't do what I do with my speaking, I really would miss gymnastics."
With the Olympics around the corner, Dowrick said he would be watching the Games wherever he could while travelling with his job around Australia.
"I always get excited like any Olympian," he said.
"I'd love to be there."
Though passionate and an expert on gymnastics, Dowrick said he would be watching all the sport he could get his eyes on.
"I spent 18 years of my life training at the Australian Institute of Sport so I've met a lot of amazing sportsmen and saw how much they train.
"For that reason, I don't just watch gymnastics. I watch all the sport I can."
While his job takes him to all corners of the globe, Dowrick said his favourite place on the planet was the Sunshine Coast, living with his wife and three kids.
"I've been here for three years and I absolutely love it," he said.
"It's the best place in the world.
"The people here are great, they're very motivational and they have such a good way of looking at life.
"It's definitely one of the few places you'll wake up at 5am and there's a traffic jam of walkers on the
beach. That's what I love to see: people getting active from all walks of life."
With his travelling job, Dowrick hopes to pass on his passionate and motivating spirit to anyone he can, whether it's to the gymnastics team competing at the 2012 London Olympics next month, or the businesspeople he speaks to every day.
While he has not competed for several years, Dowrick said he would continue to perform his pommel horse routine for years to come.
"Now I'm in my 40s, it's not as easy as it was when I was 21 and at the Olympics," he said.
"That's what's so good about it.
"It keeps a good balance.
"I'll keep going with it for as long as I can."