I was the best athlete in my family. Often there is one sibling better than the other. The most famous case of this is with Mark and Steve Waugh and the infamous sledge by English cricketer, James Ormond.
Upon Ormond’s arrival at the crease Mark Waugh said, “f*ck me, look who it is. Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.”
Ormond replied: “Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my family.”
As an athlete I soared to some amazing heights. I represented Hampden Rd against Cecil Ave in the Pennant Hills All Street Championships, with aplomb. It was an intense competition fought out by six or seven pre-pubescent kids. One of the 10 year olds went onto become Australia’s fifth fastest 100m runner, Kieran Noonan, so there are no surprises that I didn’t beat him. My one victory as a runner came in year six and I was so surprised to be leading the cross country, I had no idea of the course and went the wrong way.
While I dreamt of wearing the green and gold on the track one day, crippling injuries curtailed this. I prefer to blame my knees as opposed to my lack of talent.
Athletics is still very dear to my heart and I can’t wait for the IAAF Diamond League to start this weekend, before the Athletics World Championships and we have some great competitors going around.
In 2009, Australian, Dani Samuels became the world’s youngest ever champion at discus throwing. She commences her international season this weekend at the opening leg of the event billed as the annual homage to athletics – the IAAF Diamond League from Doha.
Samuels comes into the first event of the international season in brilliant form, after a successful Australian domestic season that saw the 26-year old claim yet another Australian title and a tremendous Diamond League season last year, in which she finished on the podium in each of the five events she contested. Samuels aims to continue that success in the lead up to this year’s World Championships in Beijing.
“The Diamond League provides ideal preparation leading into the World Championships, every event is almost like an Olympic final, the competition is that strong.
“It helps provide an environment in which I can perform at the highest level under pressure and the opportunity to compete against the best throwers in the world”, said Samuels.
Joining Samuels in Doha will be a number of Aussies including Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson, who will set out to show she is still the most feared hurdler on the planet in the women’s 100m hurdles, while Tasmanian, Hamish Peacock will contest the men’s javelin and Sydney girl, Madeline Heiner the women’s 3000m steeplechase.
Australian athletics fans can watch all 14 rounds of the 2015 IAAF Diamond League season LIVE on Eurosport.
The 2015 IAAF Diamond League premiers LIVE on Eurosport, Saturday 16th May at 2am (so you can watch it with your kebab after a big night) or there is an encore screening at 7am AEST, so you can watch while you snap, crackle and pop!