He’s much faster than the regular 21-year-old… meet Jacob Despard! Jacob is a Melbourne-based track sprinter with serious talent and dreams to match.
Just recently, Jacob achieved a lifelong goal by winning the prestigious 2018 Stawell Gift. The Stawell gift is an Aussie footrace run on grass over 120m and Jacob took out first place and a time of 12.121!
In the past, he’s represented Australia as part of a relay squad and has a long list of professional achievements here in Australia too.
But this is only the beginning for Jacob, he hopes to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and would love to make the Australian 4 x 100m Relay Squad.
Q & A with Jacob
What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
Transitioning from a junior athlete into a senior athlete. After turning 18 I got distracted and fell out of serious training for two years. Moving to Melbourne in November 2017 I decided it was a fresh start and time to get back into the sport I love and see where I can take it.
Tell us about your workouts. How do you train for this sport?
Majority of my training is on the track and in the gym. Obviously, sprinting is a key aspect to this, but also training in the gym is equally as important for me. This pre season we have also implemented a Pilates class once a week, boxing sessions and pool sessions.
How important is nutrition to you and how do you manage it?
Nutrition is something that I have really worked on in the last 12 months and believe it is vital at an elite level to have a great nutrition plan with input from a few resources.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Ideally, in 5 years I’d like to be a full-time athlete and member of the Australia Athletics Team.