Hampshire Talented Athlete Profiles
Austin Jones - Three times National Judo Champion
16 year old HTAS athlete, Austin Jones is a judo player to watch out for. A member of Judo Club Osaka in Aldershot, he is three times winner at the British Championships and having won gold at the Scottish Open and silver at the Welsh Open, he is now (November 2011) ranked number 1 in Great Britain. We caught up with him to find out more.
SHIOW: Tell us more about your achievements. What are your most notable achievements to date?
AJ: Being National Champion three times is important, and I've also been a member of the National Squad every year since I was first eligible and a member of the Talent/Elite Squad every year possible too
SHIOW: Building on all those achievements, what are your targets for 2012?
AJ: To medal in a European Cup
SHIOW: What would you count as your biggest challenge faced to date – and why?
AJ: Dealing with training and exams at the same time.
SHIOW: If you had to identify one favourite sporting moment, either as a participant or spectator, what would it be and why?
AJ: Winning my second national gold at the same time as my brother Aidan
SHIOW: What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?
AJ: Enjoy the good times, persevere through the hard times.
SHIOW: What one piece of kit, equipment or food / drink could you not live without – and why?
AJ: Recovery food/drink after hard sessions.
SHIOW: Who is your Sporting Hero – and why?
AJ: Ilias Iliadis, He seems to be able to pull off impossible techniques.
SHIOW: Person who has most influenced your success – and why?
AJ: Tom Cousins and Adrian Dove, my past and current coaches, they have both been an inspiration and believe in me.
SHIOW:If competing at the Olympics/ Paralympics is one of your goals, describe what it would mean to you to wear the GB kit in London
AJ: I would thoroughly like the idea of being a role model for other aspiring athletes and children.
SHIOW: The 7 Olympic and Paralympic values are respect, excellence, friendship, courage, inspiration, dedication and equality. What do these words mean to you?
AJ: Our whole sport is based on these values. I hope that the people representing us in the Olympics can show how our sport upholds them.
SHIOW:How has the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme helped you with your sport? (funding, free access to leisure centres, bus pass, fast-track physiotherapy, sports science conference)
AJ:The money has helped fund European competitions and pay for a new judo kit. The bus pass has meant that I can easily get to training. The leisure centre access has given me the opportunity to do extra fitness training. I have really enjoyed the HTAS days, they have been useful and I have met other local athletes through them.
SHIOW: And finally, how would you describe yourself in just ten words?
AJ: When things get tough, I get tougher!
Sports Development Officer (Performance)