Quentin is from New Zealand, but he is based in Australia and trains amongst us, so we though he deserved a write up too.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?
I’m most proud of being a double Olympian for New Zealand, and I’m happy that in the 50km races in both London and Rio, I gave it absolutely everything on the day.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
I think it’s not necessarily having one or two magical training sessions, but rather doing excellent training consistently over several years. Training is cumulative and incremental, especially in a sport like racewalking.
What would be your ultimate achievement?
An Olympic gold medal has to be the absolute pinnacle in our sport. However, sport for sport’s sake is a zero-sum game, and I believe it’s important that athletes use any exposure to make the world a better place.
What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities?
I can’t speak for my contemporaries, but for my own part I continue to seek out the best science, coaching and training to try and have an edge in whatever competition I’m in.
What is the one thing you always do after a good performance
Recovery is crucial for me, so after any performance, good or bad, I’ll try to refuel, take an ice bath, and sleep as soon possible.
What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition?
I try to minimise fibre intake in the 24 hours prior to racing, so usually I’ll have chicken and white rice the night before a race.
What is your favorite place to compete?
Anywhere hot! I tend to race better in the heat, relative to others.
Name 3 people you most admire.
Te Whiti o Rongomai, Aung San Suu Kyi and Leonardo da Vinci. (RWA comment…google it !)
What is your greatest strength?
Is there anything special you do the day/days before a major competition?
You need to know where you are, and where you need to get to, in order to know how to get there. Sometimes I need to fire up, sometimes I need to calm down. I try to stay in tune with my body and respond to what it needs.
Thanks Quentin, from all of here in RWA, we wish you luck in the 50km in London.