Coach: Alex Stewart
Twitter / Instagram: Brandonstarc93 / bstarc
Occupation: High Jump
He began Little Athletics, with all his siblings, at an early age at Parramatta and began to focus on high jump seriously in about 2009. He also played cricket and football but decided to pursue athletics.
In his international debut at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, Brandon won silver
with a PB 2.19m. In 2012, he placed sixth at the world juniors ahead of his senior debut in 2013 at the world championships. Eighth in the Commonwealth Games in 2014, preceded his best year in 2015 when he where domestically raised his PB to 2.30m, before a magnificent first attempt clearance at 2.31m in the qualifying round at the world championships. It earned him a berth in the final, the first Australian since Tim Forsyth in 1997 to make the world championship final. Selected for the Rio Olympics, he was excellent, clearing 2.29m in the qualifying round to progress to the final where he placed 15th. Limited competition in 2017, due to injury left him short of a qualifier for the 2017 World Championships.
A solid but unspectacular 2017/18 domestic season saw him with results ranging from 2.20 to 2.24m.. At the National championships and all-important Commonwealth Games trials he competed well, winning the title with a clearance of 2.24m. He continued to raise the bar and climbed over 2.28m on his third attempt, his best height since the Rio Olympics.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Starc was brilliant, clearing a new PB of 2.32m on his first to win the gold medal. He also moved to #2 Australian all-time. His tremendous form continued in Europe with clearances of 2.29m, 2.30 and an equal PB of 2.32m. He challenged the World Indoor and world #2, Russian Danil Lysenko in two meets only being defeated on countback.
He is the younger brother of Australian cricketer Mitchell. In his earlier day, Brandon also ran in the hurdles. His hobbies include photography and collecting sports shoes.
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