Commonwealth Games marathon runner Michael Shelley has announced his retirement.
The 36-year-old local Gold Coaster, who has been crowned the Comm Games Marathon champion twice, took to Facebook on Wednesday to reveal he is hanging up his running shoes.
In an emotional post, Shelley said he has simply lost the desire to compete competitively.
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“Over the last couple of weeks, I have come to the decision that I no longer have the desire to compete competitively again,” he wrote.
“While I have still been out running the drive to complete the training that I feel I need to compete at my best is gone.”
“To my Dad, Mum and brother it is hard to put into words how much your support and encouragement has meant to me. Thank you for all you have done to help me follow my dreams. Extended family and friends thank you for your support, encouragement and understanding throughout my running journey.”
Shelley also thanked his coaches, trainers, chiropractor, sponsors, Athletics Australia and Queensland Academy of Sport.
“Last, but not least thank you to everyone that has said g’day or hello while I have been out training, especially in Oxenford and the Gold Coast your support and encouragement has been greatly appreciated,” he wrote.
Since news of Shelley’s retirement broke this morning, the much-loved marathon runner has received hundreds of messages of support from fellow Gold Coast residents.
“You’re an inspiration Michael! We have enjoyed seeing you run morning and afternoon around Oxenford, the kids have enjoyed watching you on TV in your competitions and knowing how hard you always train out on the streets. All the best for the future for you and your family!!” one person commented.
“The work and inspiration you have developed in our community is second to none, congratulations on such a successful career,” wrote another.