Luke Mathews is our 9th Athlete to speak to us about making the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships Team. Members of the team will compete in Eugene (USA), from July 22nd to 27th 2014.
How did you get involved in Athletics?
My brother and sister started little athletics, and I just followed along. That was back when they had under 6’s and it was a little less serious!
When you first heard that you made the team, what was your initial reaction?
The post-race video probably describes my initial reactions and the emotion I had for the race (haha). I think it was more a relief if anything, that something I had worked for, for so long had finally become so real.
Are you doing anything differently in preparation for this competition?
Usually at this time in the season i am well and truly into cross country training in preparation for states and other xc races. At this time, because of the upcoming championships in Oregon in the middle of our winter, I have to have a shorter winter/base period (only about 5-6 weeks) than most years, where i wouldn’t normally go onto the track until around october or november.
What are you most looking forward to about the trip to Eugene (USA)?
I am most looking forward to the championships. I can’t wait to experience competing at such an elite level. As well as the race, I can’t wait to be involved in a team atmosphere and represent Australia.
Who has been your biggest inspiration in this sport?
In this sport, I have always idolised Ryan Gregson and Nick Symmonds. I have known Ryan from a young age and have followed his progress throughout his junior years, and not into his senior career. I have always admired his work ethic and his dedication and attitude toward athletics. Ryan has been a great mentor to me, and has always taken an interest in my progress. Similarly, I like the way that Nick Symmonds approaches the sport with both a relaxed, but passionate attitude. I can relate to his training methods, as there are many similarities in our training programs.
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional Athlete?
I wouldn’t call myself a professional athlete yet, but i believe that a mixture of hard work, dedication and surrounding yourself with people who can give you great advice about coaching, racing and all things athletics.