Taking the next step
Justin was instrumental in encouraging Brad to take the next step up in his training. After he saw Brad compete at an event in Sydney, he reached out to offer some advice and suggest Brad should relocate to Australia if he wanted to get serious about his running.
“I was still living in New Zealand at the time and he messaged me to say that if I ever wanted to come to a training camp, the door was always open,” Brad recalls. “I started training three or four times a week and just progressed from there. It’s maybe 70 or 80 kilometres a week of running and then just like a mix of gym work. You just get that love for it and there's nothing better than winning. So you just get addicted to that feeling.”
Brad’s passion keeps rising.
“I've just come back my first World Championships, which is my second major championships. I went to the Commonwealth Games in 2018. But there’s still a lot of room to improve I think,” he says.
“I've had some issues with injuries and I still think the best years are ahead of me. And I know that with Justin coaching me that there's definitely more that I can do.”
Justin also took annual leave to travel to Germany earlier this year to help Peter Bol as he prepared for his tilt at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“That two-week period before the World Champs is really important and I didn't want to miss that,” he says.
“I was a little bit disappointed when Peter finished seventh because I thought he was definitely capable of finishing in the top four. It was tough for him to bounce back from that because the Commonwealth Games was just ten days later.”
That, understandably, brought a extra layer of pressure.
“I know in Australia he was viewed as probably the favourite for that race but I knew the Kenyan guy who won, he's the second fastest in the world this year,” Justin says. “So the strategy was all about trying to beat him. I think at the end of the year when we look back at the year we'll be really happy with that result.”
The commitment and passion Justin and Brad have for running is evident and infectious to be around. And I’m sure they’ll continue to inspire those around them – both on the track and at ANZ.
Shayne Elliott is CEO of ANZ