Hill’s mas­sive 2018 lead­ing to an even big­ger 2019

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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.

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