Our People | 22 July, 2021

Dr Paul Narracott: The Olympian Among Us

Patients at Wanniassa Dental Surgery are often surprised to find out that their dentist was once considered one of Australia’s greatest 100-meter sprinters.

A dual Olympian, Dr Paul Narracott's impressive career on the track includes six 100-metre national titles, a 7th place finish at the 1983 World Championships, beating sprinting legend Carl Lewis in a 60m sprint in January 1984 just before the Olympics in Los Angeles, plus a Winter Olympics appearance in 1992.

Of the many highlights the ever-humble Paul says “Over a career there are lots of downs, lots of bad days, and a few good days. I think at the end of your career it’s nice to look back and have a few bright moments to remember.” 

“I just loved playing sport, so it didn’t matter what it was. An opportunity came up to get involved with the bobsleigh team at the time. I’d seen it on television, and I thought, ‘This looks like a lot of fun and you really only get one chance while you’re young’, so I had a crack at it and things fell my way and I was able to get to the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. It was great.” 

Paul became the first Australian to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games when representing Australia at Albertville in 1992.

“I find having a good routine outside of the surgery very helpful. Regularly exercise, even if it’s just a short walk with my wife to local shops helps me unwind and keep me balanced. I enjoy a privileged life and try to remember that always- it keeps me grounded.”

Original Article: Champions among us: Canberra dentist Paul Narracott was one of the fastest men on the planet - Riotact