This Australian Athletics Tour, we want to introduce you to the inner workings of some of our best athletes so we'll be presenting the 20 Questions series ahead of each meet here at athletics.com.au
With the Briggs Athletics Classic this weekend, what better athlete to start with than the 2014 Commonwealth Games javelin bronze medallist and local Tasmanian favourite HAMISH PEACOCK.
Peacock launched his 2015 campaign two weeks ago with a new personal best of 83.31m at the Domain Athletics Centre, and he has has the chance to compete domestically as part of the Australian Athletics Tour in Hobart (25 January), Perth (14 February), Brisbane (7 March) and Sydney (14 March) before the Selection Trial for the IAAF World Championships at the 93rd Australian Athletics Championships.
Name: Hamish Peacock
Coach: Evan Peacock
1. Where do you live? Hobart, Tasmania
2. In your own words, describe your event and what you love about it? I see my event like all other events as a challenge to test my athletic ability. The javelin requires a balance of speed, power, strength, coordination and flexibility to be proficient. The challenge of balancing and utilizing these elements to produce big throws in competition is something I relish.
3. If you weren’t being an athlete, what would you be doing? If I wasn’t involved in athletics I would be involved in other sports like cricket or soccer which I played when I was younger. Outside of sport I have almost completed my civil engineering degree.
4. The best part of being an athlete? I really enjoy the challenge of continually trying to improve myself. The individual nature of athletics means I am solely responsible for how I approach this. One of the best feelings is the satisfaction when all the hard work comes together to produce big throws.
5. The worst or most challenging part of being an athlete? The most challenging part for me would probably be being injured. Throwing is what I enjoy most, so staying 100% motivated when I’m injured is a challenge but one I feel I’ve dealt with well in my career thus far.
6. Name one thing most people would be surprised to know about you? I didn’t get selected in javelin for the Australian all schools until I was U16.
7. What is the best thing about living where you do? The peace and quiet. I am fortunate enough to live on a five acre property with little nearby traffic and open spaces.
8. Your favourite overseas destination? I don’t really have a favourite.
9. Do you set a daily alarm? If so, when does it go off? Yes, normally for 7am, when I actually get out of bed varies a bit with the snooze button often getting a workout.
10. Coffee or tea? Coffee
11. Favourite meal? Scotch fillet steak with pepper sauce and vegies.
12. What does a typical day in your life look like? I don’t really have a typical day. But right at the moment I get up at 7 leave home at 7:30, get to work a bit after 8 where I’m doing work experience for my degree. Finish 5ish and start training by 5:30, train for anywhere between 1.5 to 3 hours.
13. What do you want to achieve athletically in the next five years? From a distance standpoint I am aiming to throw consistently beyond 85m with a long term goal to throw 90m. I am aiming for a top 8 finish at the world champs in Beijing and beyond that major championship medals are definitely my big goal.
14. What are your hobbies outside of athletics? Some of my hobbies are following cricket, AFL and soccer and listening to rock and blues music.
15. What advice would you give to someone who wants to be an elite athlete? My approach is to keep focused and motivated for every session. Whether it is the middle of winter or the height of the season the quality of your training has to be high. Much of my improvement came from really emphasising the quality of my training, particularly technical sessions and doing the 1 percenters, not just some of the time but all the time.
16. What would you like to be remembered for? From an athletics standpoint someone who really enjoyed competing and training and gave my all to get the best out of myself.
17. What is your pre-competition ritual if you have one? I don’t have a specific pre-comp ritual. The way I view it, my pre-comp routine including warm up needs to be flexible as facilities vary greatly between competitions.
18. Which athlete inspires you the most? No one athlete in particular but watching videos of the likes of Jan Zelezny, Steve Backley and Jonathan Edwards definitely inspired me with their graceful speed and power.
19. If you were an animal, which one would you be? A Lion
20. Who would play you in the movie? No idea