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.
After introducing you to the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Hamish Peacock last week (click here to read), we have this week sat down with Glasgow 2014 charge ROBBIE CROWTHER as he prepares to launch his domestic athletics season campaign in the long jump at the Hunter Track Classic this Saturday 31 January. Click here for more information.
Coached by Gary Bourne at the Queensland Academy of Sport, Crowther was recently named as an ambassador for Athletics Australia’s Athletics for the Outback program, attending the Raise the Bar Academy summer residence camp only last week.
He is a three-time Oceania junior champion, an IAAF World Junior Championships and Summer Universiade long jump gold medallist and has additional international competition experience at the 2011 IAAF World Championships and then 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Name: Robbie ‘Joug’ Crowther
Event: Long Jump
Coach: Gary Bourne
1. Where do you live? The south-side of Brisbane.
2. In your own words, describe your event and what you love about it? It is fun when it all comes together, the feeling of going through the air and jumping over 8m is something no ordinary person can never feel. The joy of jumping around the world in front of great crowds, everyone watching you while you play in the sand, is amazing.
3. If you weren’t being an athlete, what would you be doing? If I wasn't an athlete I would be a tradesman or a builder and playing social sports like touch footy and AFL with my mates.
4. The best part of being an athlete? The best thing about being an elite athlete is the joy you get out of it jumping around the world against the best with friends and new friends you meet on the journey.
5. The worst of most challenging part of being an athlete? Living an everyday life, and trying to make a living through work alongside full-time training. Most of all though it is missing teams because of injuries.
6. Name one thing most people would be surprised to know about you? I’m always willing to sit back and just listen.
7. What is the best thing about living where you do? I never would have thought of moving to Brisbane after being in Canberra for 8 years under Craig Hilliard. The best thing I like about where I now live is the sunshine and storms and a new change with Gary Bourne, who has coached some amazing athletes, at the helm.
8. Your favourite overseas destination? There are too many to pick from but if I had to pick one it would be Spain. #siesta
9. Do you set a daily alarm? If so, when does it go off? I turn my phone on flight mode every night and set an alarm for between 6:00/6:30am every day.
10. Coffee or tea? Coffee!!!!! I have two double shot espressos before training. I have my own machine and grinder
11. Favourite meal? At the moment, it’s a Chicken ‘Parma’ with vegies.
12. What does a typical day in your life look like? I wake up and have brekkie make lunch for work head to training at 9:15am till 12 then shower head to work from 1-5 and Tuesdays and Thursday I coach a few young athletes.
13. Where do you want to achieve athletically in the next five years? Consistently jump 8.20m plus and be known for my character and not just the sexiest man in track from 2011.
14. What are your hobbies outside of athletics? Golf, socialising with mates and family and watching a good flick.
15. What advice would you give to someone who wants to be an elite athlete? The number one thing is to look after your body and have something other than just sport to balance out your life.
16. What would you like to be remembered for? I want to be remembered as ‘the Dark Horse’.
17. What is your pre-competition ritual if you have one? I listen to music, and mainly just keep to myself.
18. Which athlete inspires you the most? Michael Jordan
19. If you were an animal, which one would you be? A lion or tiger, they are a crazy predator, but also live an amazing life where they just lie around.
20. Who would play you in the movie? A young Denzel Washington