Further Personal Information
||Canberra, ACT, AUS
||Industrial Design - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
|Why this sport?
||"Through school I was running, jumping, walking and I happened to help out for my school team. My coach was walk oriented and said I had talent and should concentrate on that. I did and haven't looked back."
|Club / Team
||Bankstown Sports Athletics Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
|Name of coach
|Coach from what year?
||He covers about 200 kilometres a week in training.
||LTW [Luke the Walker]. (olympics.com.au, 26 Jun 2012)
|Most influential person in career
||His family. (Athletics Australia, 14 Nov 2003)
|Hero / Idol
||US athlete Carl Lewis, Algerian runner Noureddine Morceli, Kenyan steeplechase runner Moses Kiptanui, Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebreselassie, Polish racewalker Robert Korzeniowski. (Athletics Australia, 14 Nov 2003)
||He withdrew from the 2013 World Championships in Moscow due to injury. (nswathletics.org.au, 30 Jul 2013)
He recovered from surgery to rectify compartment syndrome in both of his lower legs. He has undergone a total of nine operations to the lower half of his body. (canberratimes.com.au, 28 Jul 2012; Athletics Australia, 18 April 2002)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||He shaves down before each competition. (athletics.com.au, 2011)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"One of the special things we get to do is to travel all over the world and meet fellow athletes in training camps. There's a really good bonding and sense of community within race walking. That's a really motivating thing and one of the perks." (iaaf.org, 27 Feb 2008)
|Awards and honours
||In 2009 he was the joint winner of the Richard Coombes Memorial Award for the most outstanding male athlete at the Athletics New South Wales [NSW] awards. He shared the award with Youcef Abdi. (Inside Athletics, 20 Apr 2009)
In 2000 he was awarded the Australia Sports Medal. (itsanhonour.gov.au, 2000)
||His grandfather Jim Adams played one game of Sheffield Shield cricket for Queensland in the 1930/31 season in Australia. (athletics.com.au, 2011)
||FROM TANZANIA TO AUSTRALIA
He was born in Tanzania to Australian parents who were working there as medical missionaries. The family returned to Australia when Adams was age five. (iaaf.org, 09 Dec 2012, 27 Feb 2008)