Games drives Troy to reach for Tokyo
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.
Coach Adrian Tesanovic with wrestler Troy Humberston.