August marks the start of a busy month in Athletics. We asked our International Race Walkers some questions. Over the next few weeks, we will share their stories as we get to know them just a little better.
Let’s get to know Jess Pickles.
Our First Athlete is Queensland-born, Jessica (Jess) Pickles. She heads off to Taipei for the 2017 University Games in August. She will be competing in the 20km Race Walk, representing University of Queensland.
Our questions to her
- What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?
Most recently when I was selected for my first senior Australian team for the World University Games. This has been the most meaningful team selection to me as it is my first selection into a senior Australian team after transitioning from a junior athlete.
- What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Being patient and knowing the process will fall into place if I put the work in. I try to incorporate a lot of core and variety into my training to keep things fresh.
- What would be your ultimate achievement?
I think like most athletes, the Olympic Games would be the ultimate achievement. I am currently aiming towards qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
- How do you set your goals?
My coach and I set out reasonable goals we believe that we can achieve and work out a timeline plan in preparation for that specific goal.
- What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities?
I believe I am very fortunate to have a supportive network around me who inspire me to continue and work towards my goals. I have had times where I thought I was at the tail end of my career but I wanted to continue into the senior ranks and see what I can be capable of.
- What was the best advice you were ever given?
Don’t give up! I’m always receiving great advice from my coach, Robyn.
- Where or who do you draw your inspiration from?
My parents. They work incredibly hard and I always want to make them proud of me. They inspire me to be the best person I can be on and off the track.
- What is the one thing you always do after a good performance?
- If you were a cartoon character , who would you be?
My favourite character is off Tangled, but I would want to be Olaf from Frozen because he is so carefree, takes everything in his stride and just goes with the flow.
- What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition?
- What one word describes you?
- What is your favorite place to compete?
- Name 3 people you most admire.
-My parents (I know that’s 2 but they’re equal 1st)
-My partner, Adam
- What excites you the most about a career as an athlete?
The unknown. I have been very fortunate to travel to countries I never thought I would go to, so meeting new people and travelling the world doing what I love with the people I love is very exciting.
- Would you rather live for a week in the past or the future?
Tough one. I think I would rather live for a week in the future.
- Is there anything special you do the day/days before a major competition?
I love getting my nails done before a big race. I just try and relax and not get too nervous. For race day, I normally wear some form of red (mainly red knickers) for my race and I also have lucky earrings.
- Do you have a hidden talent or is there something about you that most people don’t know?
I don’t think I have any hidden talents unfortunately.
On behalf of the Australian Race Walking Community, we wish you good luck in your preparation and race in August. You have trained very hard, and your Coach, Robyn will be there with you cheering all the way.