Coach: Gary Hosking
Event: 20km Walk
Michael Hosking’s record in athletics is extraordinary. He has represented Australia in cross country and road walking 10 years apart and has won national medals in steeplechase, cross country and race walking.
Michael Hosking was a talented teen race walker, but evolved into steeplechase winning national medals over the barriers in his late teens. He was also very competitive in a related event, cross country, and represented Australia at the World University event. But broken bones in his feet that refused to heal led him into cycling via rehabilitation. But he embraced cycling in a big way, riding in the National Road Series. “I was okay, but I wasn’t fantastic,” he admitted. As his teaching career started to take shape, he opted to transition back to athletics and he elected to his very origins – race walking. He was now 30.
He broke back onto the national team, for the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships. He was targeting an Olympic qualifier, but a hamstring tear ruined any hope of that. He targeted the Australian championships
and Commonwealth Games trials in Adelaide in February 2018 and was confident he was in good form. The
results confirmed this as he placed second Australian in a 92 seconds PB and earned automatic selection for the Commonwealth Games.
Michael teaches maths and science at Wodonga Middle Years College.
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