On track for Rio

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

HE first hit the track as an 18-year-old late­comer, but af­ter three years Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Aaron Bres­land is train­ing to com­pete in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

HE first hit the track as a late­comer at 18 years old, and now just three years later Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Aaron Bres­land is train­ing to com­pete in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The now 21-year-old ath­lete holds two WA records, fastest 100m sprinter and fastest 200m sprinter, and said he couldn’t wait to take on the chal­lenge of Rio 2016.

“Most peo­ple start in Lit­tle Ath­let­ics but I was 18 when I started and now I’m 21, so to progress as much as I have in three years is great,” he said.

“I think the Olympics are a re­al­is­tic goal and any­thing is pos­si­ble.”

With his per­sonal best 100m sprint time at a quick 10.39 sec­onds, Bres­land’s list of ac­com­plish­ments also boasts be­ing ranked as high as third in the na­tion for 100m

Train­ing about five times a week, some­times twice a day, the keen run­ner splits his time be­tween in­tense train­ing ses­sions, univer­sity stud­ies and vol­un­teer­ing ven­tures.

While he stud­ies pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion at Edith Cowan Univer­sity, Mr Bres­land also ded­i­cates time to work­ing with bud­ding sport stu­dents at Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary School.

Mr Bres­land guides the stu­dents in proper run­ning tech­niques, trains ath­let­ics and coaches the school foot­ball team.

But the tough bal­anc­ing act be­tween train­ing, study­ing and vol­un­teer­ing won’t de­ter him from his ath­letic goals.

“I can han­dle the train­ing; I’m still learn­ing as I go.”

Pic­ture: John Forbes Pho­tog­ra­phy

Aaron Bres­land com­pet­ing ear­lier this year.

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