Games drives Troy to reach for Tokyo

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORKPLACE -

WRESTLING is life for Troy Hum­ber­ston, who trains twice a day, ev­ery day, as he grap­ples with his goal to get to the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

The River­vale MMA 24/7 gym-trained wrestler is eye­ing off the Com­mon­wealth chal­lenge af­ter a tough cou­ple of years.

Win­ning sil­ver at this year’s Aus­tralian Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne was a dis­ap­point­ment for the 28-year-old wrestler, who had missed com­pet­ing the pre­vi­ous year due to in­jury.

Hum­ber­ston won the na­tional cham­pi­onship in 2014 and said he hoped to re­claim the ti­tle next year dur­ing his cam­paign to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games in 2018.

If all goes well there, he will set his sights on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“I have no doubt I will re­cap­ture that (na­tional) ti­tle next year,” he said.

“Com­mon­wealth Games is what’s driv­ing me at the moment.”

When Hum­ber­ston won the na­tional ti­tle in 2014, he was one of the light­est wrestlers to win in the 130kg su­per heavy­weight di­vi­sion, at a mod­est 98kg on a 183cm frame.

He will also go to the Com­mon­wealth Cham­pi­onships in Canada and the Can­berra Cup next year.

It has been a fast rise for Hum­ber­ston, who only started Greco-Ro­man wrestling about five years ago, but his re­sults show he has made up for lost time with a gru­elling train­ing sched­ule.

“A lot of my op­po­nents tend to be from East­ern Europe or the Mid­dle East, where the wrestling cul­ture is a lot big­ger and they have trained from the age of about five,” he said.

When he is not wrestling he also com­petes in power lift­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Due to the high in­ten­sity of his train­ing, Hum­ber­ston has a reg­i­mented diet of about 6000 calo­ries a day, which is equal to about 10.6 Big Mac burg­ers.

Hum­ber­ston’s coach Adrian Te­sanovic was orig­i­nally from Ser­bia and rep­re­sented for­mer Yu­goslavia at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

“He is very ded­i­cated and I am very proud of him,” the coach said.

Te­sanovic is try­ing to build the an­cient sport of wrestling in WA and said it was per­fect for chil­dren to take up from a young age.

Pic­ture: Will Russell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d452292

Coach Adrian Te­sanovic with wrestler Troy Hum­ber­ston.

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