Hill’s massive 2018 leading to an even bigger 2019
2018 was a huge year for one of Dubbo’s rising sportsmen, but for John Hill it was just another few steps forwards in his life that seems beyond hectic looking from the outside.
The past 12 months have seen him complete his HSC, train every day to keep up the fitness which has netted him state and national boxing titles, and on top of all that, complete the world famous New York Marathon. JOHN RYAN reports.
AT the tender age of 18, John Hill doesn’t give much away.
In all my interviews with him he’s had to be prompted to talk about his many achievements, but that laconic reserve is part of what makes him who he is.
His great passion is to excel in whatever he takes on, and 2018 was pretty good to him in that regard.
“I had a lot of fights, a lot of crucial fights which sort of put my name out a bit further than what it already was in boxing.
“I also took a step in getting picked in the Indigenous marathon team. I ran the New York Marathon with (that team) at the end of last year with (coach) Rob de Castella,” John told Dubbo Photo News.
“I still did my boxing training every day – that helped me a lot in the marathon training because with boxing, you’re training every day, and if you’re not training every day and keeping fit you get bashed in there, it’s as simple as that.”
John said it was beyond amazing to have Aussie marathon legend Rob de Castella as a mentor, but he understands you don’t need internationally acclaimed people in your corner to achieve.
“I know Charlie Maher and Nathan Riley who had been picked in the Indigenous Marathon Team before through Clontarf, and I’m mates with Nath Riley, so through that I’ve always wanted to do it once I saw them do it.
“It’s shown me how much of a role model I actually am for kids and young fellas and Indigenous males and females and also Indigenous kids,” John said.
John said being such close mates with Nathan Riley works well for them both. “If we’re struggling with training or anything else, it’s like having brother there for me, I could just message Nath or ring him up and ask what’s this or what do I do here,” he explained.
John Hill has realised early on that hard work and determination to achieve is vital to getting where you want to go.
“The marathon was a little easier than we thought because of all the training we’d put in,” he said, adding that Robert de Castella’s words and training were hyping the marathon up to be huge, which actually made it so much easier to then compete in.
He said the experience has shown him first-hand that preparation and work ethic is everything.
“It was hard, I’m not saying it was easy, but after all the training we went through and after John Hill says his daily boxing training also helps his marathon training. He’s planning to get his name out there more this year by competing and sparring more often. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.
all the kilometres we put our legs through, it was that bit easier, because we did the training and prepared properly. (Because of that) you’re right on the day and you can set yourself at a comfortable pace most of the way.
“You’ve just got to set yourself and make sure you commit to it – if you don’t commit to it you won’t get the full outcome,” he said.
In 2019 John hopes to spend a gap year in Dubbo working with local gym operators Gummy and Kara Toomey to mentor young Indigenous kids through boxing, physical fitness, healthy lifestyle choices and making the right decisions.
John holds an Australian Novice Title, has won Gold at the Australian Titles, is the current NSW Flyweight Title Intermediate which he defended twice, and has a Senior Title which he defended twice as well.
“I want to have a fair few fights and a fair bit of sparring (but) I’m struggling to get both (at the moment) so hopefully I get a couple of decent fights and get a few titles and put my name out a bit more,” John said.
John being congratulated after finishing the 2018 New York Marathon by running legend Robert de Castella who is mentor to the Indigenous Marathon Project team. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.