ADAMS Luke < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 22 Oct 1976 in Mvumi, TAN
Height1.89 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education 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 Craig Hilliard
Coach from what year? 2005
Training Regime He covers about 200 kilometres a week in training.
International Debut
Year 1994
Competing for Australia
Location Lisbon
General Interest
Nicknames 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)
Injuries 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)
Famous relatives His grandfather Jim Adams played one game of Sheffield Shield cricket for Queensland in the 1930/31 season in Australia. (athletics.com.au, 2011)
Other information 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)