Jack runs into Australian squad
GYMPIE athlete Jack Curran (pictured left) has ensured 2010 will be a watershed year in his athletics career by gaining a place in the Under 17 Australian development squad.
Curran’s mother Jackie confirmed his selection by Athletics Australia when speaking to The Gympie Times yesterday.
“It’s very exciting,” she said.
“What it means is that Jack will be going to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) twice a year.”
Jack’s first visit to the AIS will be May, when he will have access to the nation’s top coaches.
Rubbing shoulders with other emerging athletes will also enable Curran to eye off the talent he will be competing against in the quest to stamp his authority on Australian long-distance running.
The selection is a vote of confidence in Jack’s ability after years of being observed by talent scouts.
“They had scouts attending national events and they looked at the runners and kept track of their times,” Jackie said.
“Runners who were reaching a certain mark were looked at over a period of time and that’s how they came to make a decision on who would be joining the squad.”
Jack ensured his achievements caught the eye of talent scouts, consistently breaking record times and finishing on the podium at a multitude of national events.
Having earned his way into the development squad, Jack is not taking his foot off the pedal.
Much more work remains to be done.
He has resolved to continue working on his speed and endurance and running technique – all in the hope of shaving more seconds off his personal best times.
It’s the mark of a dedicated athlete – always looking at ways to improve.
Jack Curran is a name worth keeping an eye on in the next few years as the Gympie athlete continues to strike new heights.