COLE Brendan < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 29 May 1981 in Mackay, AUS
Height1.87 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Physical Therapist
Languages English
Higher education Exercise Science - Australian Catholic University: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up athletics at age six.
Why this sport? His brother was involved in the sport, and Cole used to copy everything he did.
Name of coach Matt Beckenham
Coach from what year? 2004
General Interest
Nicknames BJ (olympics.com.au, 26 Jun 2012)
Hobbies Music, wine, cooking. (athleticsact.org.au, 21 Jan 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. (ausport.gov.au, 01 Jan 2011)
Most influential person in career Coach Matt Beckenham, Australian pole vaulter Steve Hooker, US hurdler Ed Moses, his brother-in-law Nathan, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, US DJ Derrick Carter, his friends. (thesportsvault.com.au, 23 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol US hurdler Ed Moses. (thesportsvault.com.au, 23 Jan 2012)
Injuries He was injured for almost two years between 2002 and 2004 and considered quitting the sport. (2xu.com, 01 Jan 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs After winning gold in the 4x400m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, he vowed only to run in split shorts for the rest of his career. (2xu.com, 27 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Believe in what you enjoy, no matter what level you compete at. If you love it, keep doing it." (thesportsvault.com.au, 23 Jan 2012)
Awards and honours He was 2010 Australian Capital Territory [ACT] Male Athlete of the Year after winning his fourth national title in the 400m hurdles. (athletics.com.au, 25 May 2010)
Other sports He played representative basketball between the ages of 15 and 17. (thesportsvault.com.au, 23 Jan 2012)
Other information PERSONAL LIFE
He has many interests outside of racing and believes this has helped his career. His hobbies include drinking coffee and wine with friends, while he also describes himself as 'a slave to music'. "Without these things I'd probably be a mopey, self-indulgent, ice cream eating has-been, whose exercise is jogging to the pub for happy hour after work on Fridays." (2xu.com, 01 Jan 2012)