Jesse Usoalii is our 37th Athlete to speak to us about making the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships Team. Members of the Spark Team will compete in Eugene (USA), from July 22nd to 27th 2014.
How did you get involved in Athletics?
I started athletics when I was about 10 years old at Kingborough little athletics Centre. My dad took me along, I actually hated it for the first while, the early mornings and the cold weather killed me. My parents encouraged me to go which I am so thankful for now, without my involvement in Little Athletics no chance I would be where I am today.
When you first heard that you made the team, what was your initial reaction?
I was actually in the middle of an economics lesson when I got the call from Athletics Australia, I went out into the corridor and the lovely lady let me know I had made the 4x100m team, my selection was hardly guaranteed this year so it was a bit of a surprise coming off not the most successful nationals, so I was absolutely stoked.
Are you doing anything differently in preparation for this competition?
Recovery. I am hopeless at recovery so this period I have been looking after recovery a lot more diligently, more ice baths more massage and better stretching discipline!
What are you most looking forward to about the trip to Eugene (USA)?
I am really looking forward to being in the same place as 2000 of the best junior athletes in the world. Very excited to compete in some big meets in Canada as well! Can’t wait!
Who has been your biggest inspiration in this sport?
I do have to say the big man Usain. I remember watching him at the Olympics in 2008, I think that was the year that I really started getting into athletics. Seeing him run 9.58 at the World Champs was awesome! I think that is my favourite sporting moment.
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional Athlete?
For me, the hardest thing about being an athlete is managing my time. Being in year 12 this year it is hard to get to training and comps while doing well at school, while always leaving enough time for PlayStation. I am far from a professional athlete but I know the struggles of time management, it is important to pay attention to what it is you are doing and to get it done. It is very important to leave time to do the things you enjoy the most in your leisure time though.