WATT Mitchell < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 25 Mar 1988 in Bendigo, AUS
Height1.83 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Student
Higher education Commerce, Law - University of Queensland: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began athletics at a young age and won multiple Australian junior long jump titles. However, he quit at age 14 in order to pursue other sports. In late 2007 he was introduced to coach Gary Bourne and despite narrowly missing the 2008 Olympic qualification mark, he was convinced by Bourne to continue doing the long jump at elite level.
Why this sport? Watching Australian long jumper Jai Taurima win a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, made him want to compete at the event in the future.
Club / Team QEII Track Club: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach Gary Bourne
Coach from which country? Australia
Coach from what year? 2007
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for Australia
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. (smh.com.au, 03 Sep 2011)
Hero / Idol English football player Wayne Rooney. (QAS, 10 Aug 2010)
Injuries He pulled out of the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, due to ankle and Achilles tendon injuries. (AFP, 09 Jul 2013)

He was hampered by an Achilles problem during the 2011 season. He took a month off at the end of the season before resuming training in October 2011. However, the problem persisted and he underwent another four week rehabilitation process. (theage.com.au, 17 Feb 2012)

He sustained a calf injury at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Korea. (heraldsun.com.au, 03 Feb 2012)

He missed most of the 2010 season with a groin injury. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 26 Jun 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Only do what you enjoy." (QAS, 10 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours He was named Australia's 2012 Male Athlete of the Year. He was also awarded the 2012 Male Eurosport Outstanding Performance award. (iaaf.org, 06 Dec 2012)

He became Australia's youngest male medallist at a world championships when he won bronze in the long jump at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. (athletics.com.au, 10 Aug 2010)
Other sports A talented junior Australian rules football player, he also excelled at rugby union and was chosen as a reserve for the Queensland schoolboys rugby team. (abc.net.au, 25 Feb 2010)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (smh.com.au, 03 Feb 2013)
Other information RECORD
In July 2011 he broke an 11-year-old Australian record in the long jump, recording 8.54m at an athletics meet in Stockholm, Sweden. The previous record of 8.49m was set by Jai Taurima when he won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. "To finally jump Jai's record is just so special, I watched him set that mark in my lounge room when I was 12 years old." (athletics.com.au, 2011)

A four-time Australian junior long jump champion, he quit athletics in 2001. After first playing Australian rules football, he later played rugby and was selected for the Queensland schoolboys squad in 2005. He eventually quit rugby to focus on his studies. He returned to long jump in 2007 after a chance meeting with a former teammate. "I'd put on a little weight and was going out too much. I figured that at worst I'd get to hang out with these guys a bit more and get a bit fitter. I definitely had no intention of ever becoming an elite athlete when I first went back to training [in 2007]." (nytimes.com, 17 Jan 2012; smh.com.au, 27 Aug 2011; dailytelegraph.com.au, 26 Jul 2011)

His is friends with Australian rugby players Will Genia and Quade Cooper from his days playing schoolboys rugby. The trio still keep in regular contact. "Will and Quade sent me a text when I broke the Australian record, that was nice. We're at opposite ends of the world at the moment, but we do keep in touch when we can." (smh.com.au, 27 Aug 2011)