- Category: Track & Field
How did you become involved in your sport and what events do you compete in?
I became involved in athletics when I was in grade 1, I couldn't handle being beaten in the weekly 'fence n' back' race across the yard so I joined my local little athletics club. Safe to say after a few weeks I didn't lose another race! I am a track and field athlete and specialize in the 400m hurdles event.
Who is your sporting hero?
I came across my sporting hero in a movie that I found when I was younger, that movie was Without Limits. Without Limits was a story about an old American distance runner Steve Prefontaine. After watching the movie, I became obsessed with 'pre' and did my research, the 5000m specialists qualities impress me still today. He defied what people said and became one of the greatest distance runners of his time. his guts, spirit and determination were like no other and that's why he's my sporting hero and continues to motivate me.
Age you started in your sport?
Height, weight, age?
height:184cm.. weight: 74kg.. age:19
2nd year Plumbing Apprentice
What motivates you to continue in your sport?
I find my motivation in never knowing, never knowing what the sport will bring me and what I will be able to achieve. Each time I compete well, win a title and or run a personal best I am justifying why I do the sport and why I do all the hard work on the track.
What motivated you to start your sport?
My parents helped me to get into athletics down at Henley Districts Little Athletics Club and still continue to support me where they can. My Mum in particular lives and breathes athletics, she can generally be heard cheering from the stands. My Coach Judy Daly has also been a great motivator.
What is your current business/job?
Who do you race for club/state and what is your competitive history?
I race for; Saint Peters Collegians (club)SA (state)
I began competing for SA at the Australian Junior Nationals in 2007 and have achieved two silver medals in the 400m hurdles and one silver as apart of the Oceania/Aus Junior Championships in 2010.
My biggest achievement to date was my bronze medal performance at the 2012 Open Australian track and field Championships.
People that have inspired you both in sport and life?
The two main people responsible for inspiring me in sport and life to date would have to be my coach Judy Daly and her husband John Daly.
Judy, for her wisdom and great experience helping me out investing a incredible amount of time into my athletic career always offering help and advice.
John, for his memoirs of experiences as former head coach of the Australian Olympic team which continue to fascinate me and keep me motivated to hopefully one day reach that level.
Great experiences that have happened in your life?
- One of the best experiences that's happened in my life to date would definitely have to be the 400 hurdles bronze medal I attained at Open Nationals in 2012.
- Getting my English Pointer/Beagle Puppy Banjo earlier this year, he's such a character and loving dog. They say a dogs the only thing that loves its owner more than it loves itself, and that's definitely true with Banjo!
- Doing the Great Ocean Road trip and surfing along the way with my best mate Jack in 2011
Your interests and hobbies?
I enjoy reading, watching movies, walking banjo, Indian food....riding my Yamaha YZ125 although with sport and work not as much as I would like.
body boarding, surfing, getting new training gear, sussing meet results, PS3
One tip or quote that continues to inspire you?
"To give anything lest than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." Steve Prefontaine
Family Background(where did you grow up) and Current Family
I grew up in and still live in West Beach, South Australia. I Come from a 4th generation Australian Background. I have an older brother.
What is your happiest memory?
Breaking the 400m hurdles U/18 SA state record in 2010
Who did you idolize growing up?
Im still growing up ! Michael Johnson, Sally Pearson, Jana Pittman, Mick Fanning
Were you always one of the better athletes growing up?
In SA I was generally in the top two athletes for my chosen events. I was a decent footballer I guess i could say, playing in a few underage SA Football teams. Outside of those two sports about average I would say.
What is one thing you would share with the children wanting to follow in your footsteps?
If people say you cant do something, use that as motivation. No such thing as cant!
How has being involved/playing your sport changed your life?
It has changed my life in an aspect of meeting some great people who have helped me become who I am. My life revolves around work and training, my sport has made me disciplined and determined enough so to justify the sacrifices I make for athletics. At times it can be repetitive and frustrating but to get to where you want to be you need to make the tough decisions there is a quote "I can't I have athletics" which would relate to all track and field athletes!
Who has been your biggest supporter?
Who has been your best coach?
Judy and John Daly
Sporting Background(sports you grew up playing) and list of achievements/results?
I grew up playing AFL football and competing in Athletics.
I played representative football for South Australia in U/12s and U/15s at the National Championships well as 1st 18 football for St Michaels College and U/18s for Glenelg Football Club
Favourite Foods/Diet you follow?
I don't follow a strict diet as such however I try to steer clear of fast foods.
I thrive on red meat and love my carbs in pasta.
I also enjoy Indian cuisine, Chocolate is a must, in moderation!
Your typical training split and favourite thing to train?
My typical training split is a mixture of endurance, speed endurance and sprint training!
My favourite session would be the mid summer 4 x 300m session getting faster by 2 seconds each run with 6-10 minutes rest between each until the final all out effort. spew session.
Worst injury you have suffered?
2 x broken collarbone fracture, jawbroken hand/thumb dislocated fingers stress fractures in both shins torn medial ligament minor hamstring tear
Funny that all of these were a result of playing football, the worst being the torn medial ligament which kept me off my feet for 10 weeks and in a very large knee brace almost the size of my leg which was required to be worn 24 hours a day for 6 weeks!
The decision to give up playing football and focus on athletics was a wise one!
What is the ultimate prize in your sport?
Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold
What do you find to be the toughest aspect of your sport?
Continually fronting up to training rain/hail or shine and motivating yourself time and time again to go the extra mile. To do that session that you don't feel like doing, to get up at 6 to do that morning run or gym session etc...
What is your favourite movie?
Without Limits, Inception, Ace Ventura, O.C !
What one lesson did you take from your parents?
If you want something, you have to go out and work for it to really appreciate it
How do you deal with temptation?
Depends what it is ?
What is your favourite music/band/song?
Hilltop Hoods, Skrillex ... I love listening to something fast and dubsteppy when I'm preparing for a race.
What is your biggest fear?
Waking up with a snake in my bed
Do you believe "never giving up" is the difference between making it and not making it in any sport?
natural talent, hard work, determination and never giving up is the difference.
Have you ever failed at anything? If yes how did you overcome this?
Ive sometimes failed at staying motivated, to overcome this I just have to take a step back and reiterate why I do the sport and why I love it so much.
What inspired you to succeed?
success for one, at state level and then minor successes at national level have all played a huge role in inspiring myself to do bigger and better things.
What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
Your future goals in your sports, and goals when you finish your sport?
My main future goal is to get myself and Australian kit, not get it, earn it. I don't think there could be any greater achievement than representing your country at international level.When I finish sport I hope to be a successful tradesmen/business man.
If you could have dinner with 5 people who would they be?
Michael Johnson, Michael Jordan, Steve Prefontaine, Kelly Slater, Bear Grylls
What is one item you cannot live without?
People you would like to thank?(Sponsors, Coaches, Family or Friends)
Mum and Dad for there continued love and support, My coach Judy Daly for her endless efforts to help me achieve my goals, her husband John Daly as well as EPS for there expertise and help with my athletic career.
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