Coach: Nicole Boegman-Stewart & Alex Stewart
Event: Triple Jump
In high School at Marist College Eastwood Emmanuel played soccer and used athletics just for fitness for football. Then as he started to do more athletics he felt expectations were on him to do the sprints as his brother Patrick Faikye had in 2010 become the first Australian in the 24-year history of the world juniors to make the men’s 100m final. After running at the national juniors in the sprints aged 14, Emmanuel tried triple jump when he started Little Athletics at North Rocks Carlingford in the under-15s. “That’s where I first tried triple jump but wasn’t sure how to do it,” he said. However, he was still playing State cup soccer and champions of champions so athletics wasn’t really a priority.
“Then my dad told me NSWIS was holding a jumps seminar. That’s where it pretty much all began meeting my coaches Alex Stewart and Nicole Boegman-Stewart.” At this point he was training once or twice a week but was irregular. “During Year 11 and 12 I stopped all sport to concentrate on HSC then started to take athletics seriously post HSC. Since I started university it has been four years of non-stop training catching up on lost time and opportunities.”
It showed in his performances with him hovering around 15 metres in 2013 and 2014 while 16 and 17 years. There was marginal progression in early 2015 with a PB of 15.18m. The next summer of 2015/16 would be his shot at
world junior selection and he attacked the challenging 15.60m standard. He was out to a windy 15.34m in December, then three consecutive progressions in 2016, 15.34m, 15.35m and 15.51m. Chasing the standard he travelled to Adelaide and bounded out to 15.59m, but alas it was slightly wind assisted (2.2m/s). At the trials he placed second but managed just 15.17m. He had fallen just nine centimetres short. Later in 2016, he exceeded the standard and his PB on a couple of occasions, but he had missed his opportunity. He came into the 2017/18 domestic season with a PB
of 15.83m and knowing he needed to leap 16.25m (a CG B) to give himself any hope of selection. He started well, out to a PB of 15.90m in December, then extended his PB to 15.94m in January. On January 28, he was back in Canberra for the ACT champs and after watching Shem James hit the standard he joined in and also exceeded the CG standard by one centimetre – clearing 16.26m. With both sitting on B qualifiers, the Australian Championships/CG trials would be critical with the winner automatically selected for the Games. At the nationals he started conservatively and was languishing in fourth at the mid-point of the competition. He moved up to third in the next round then on his fifth attempt he bounded out to his second best ever mark of 16.08m – a distance which held up as the winner and a berth in the Games team.
Born in London GBR, he has Nigerian heritage. He is studying electrical engineering at the University of Technology in Sydney. His hobbies are: Playing video games and watching people play video games on YouTube. His brother was a leading Australian sprinter who in 2010 made the men’s 100m final at the world juniors – the first Australian to achieve this. His cousin Ayo Shogbonyo plays NCAA American Football for University of Illinois.
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