Andrew’s man Rohan Browning (fr 2016) has this week flown to Nassau, in the Bahamas, to compete in the World Relay Championships. This is an international competition run by the IAAF (Athletics’ governing body), which started in 2014.
Before he departed, we spoke to Rohan about his burgeoning athletics career.
Can you tell us about the event you’ll be competing in, and how you qualified for it?
The team I’m part of is the Australian Mens 4 x 100m relay team – it’s the open age team. I qualified by coming third at the Australian Athletics Championships (National Championships) last week, making me Australia’s 3rd fastest man at the championships.
How have you participated in athletics in College?
Last year in my fresher year I competed in Rawson Athletics, I won the 100m and the 200m.
Have you been involved in any other competitions at this level?
This is my first ever Australian team. I’ve never competed at a competition of this level, however I would hope that its the start of a long career at this level!
How are you feeling about it?
I’m excited for it, the life of an elite track and field athlete is a very nomadic, and often expensive one, with little financial reward. It involves a lot of travel, to chase competitions and fast times. The beauty of the sport is in the competition, it’s as much mental as anything else, and the experiences gained on trips like this. This will be a good experience for me in dealing with travel and its impact on competition, and the maturity that is necessary to perform at an elite level. More than anything though, this competition will be a good stepping stone for me looking forward to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. My short term goal is very much focused on becoming Australia’s fastest man and making that team.
We wish Rohan all the best in the IAAF World Relay Championships and look forward to updating the Andrew’s community on his progress.
(Images: Rohan in white, competing in last week’s National Championships)