Further Personal Information
||Wife Rachel, son Oliver, one daughter
||Ocean Grove, VIC, AUS
||Advisor, Athlete, Coach
||Business Management, Sports Administration - Victoria University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up athletics at age eight in Australia.
|Why this sport?
||His father competed in race walking. "I've got three brothers and we always travelled round to watch him race. We'd have all these walkers around our house devouring big amounts of pasta and then going out training. When I started little athletics I suppose I'd seen so much of it I pretty much had the style of race walking imprinted in the brain. Right from the start all us brothers were pretty handy as juniors although I was the only one who went on with walking."
|Club / Team
||Athletics Essendon: Australia
|Name of coach
||Brent Vallance [personal], AUS, from 2007
||He trains between 150km and 160km per week.
||Egga (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Dec 2015)
|Most influential person in career
||His father, and coach Brent Vallance. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Dec 2015)
||He missed the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, because of appendicitis. (Athletics Australia, 21 Aug 2009)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard." (runnerstribe.com, 22 Dec 2015)
||His father Tim claimed a bronze medal in the 30km walk at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, AB, Canada. (Athletics Australia, 21 Aug 2007)
||To win a medal in the 50km walk at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sbs.com.au, 01 Mar 2016)
He is coach of Australian race walker Brendon Reading who has also been selected for the 50km walk of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "It will be exciting for the both of us. Obviously once the gun goes I'll go into being my own athlete and be selfish myself but I'll probably keep an eye out for where he is in the race and give him a bit of encouragement here and there." (heraldsun.com.au, 13 Jul 2016)
He has worked as an adviser for the Deakin University Student Association in Australia. (geelongadvertiser.com.au, 02 May 2016)