WORLD YOUTH ATHLETE INTERVIEW: David Snowdon
We continue our series of meeting new NSW members of the national junior teams in the leadup to the World Youth Championships and Commonwealth Youth games. Today we interview David Snowdon (Asics Wests) who was easily the most outstanding under 18 high jumper in Australia last season.
ANSW: How did you involved in track and field? In what events have you competed in? What have been your best achievements?
David Snowdon: I got involved in track and field at the age of 7. My sister wanted to do Little Athletics, so I went too. I have competed in the 100m, sprint hurdles, long, triple and high jump. My best achievements are in high jump. I have won high jump at NSW All Schools from 2007-2010, NSW Youth from 2007-2010, Australian All Schools from 2008-2010 and Australian Youth in 2010-2011.
ANSW: Where were you born and raised?
David Snowdon: I was born at St Leonards and have been raised in the Hawkesbury (in Bligh Park) since the age of 3.
ANSW: You had a very good season, achieving your first qualifier early and making further improvement last in the season?
David Snowdon: Thank you. I've had a tremendous 2010-11 season. I was so happy to get my first Worlds qualifier in December at the Australian All Schools comp. I was lucky to have great competitors up against me all season, pushing me to greater heights, allowing me to improve my pb right until the end of the season.
ANSW: Courtesy of your win in the trials, you were automatically selected for the World Youth Championships. What was the feeling like to achieve what had been your goal?
David Snowdon: After my winning jump at the trials, I was so happy. I was also relieved because I knew that I had confirmed my team selection to Worlds and my season goal had been achieved. My coach (Marilyn Pearson) and my training partner (Emily Crutcher) had been talking about making the team for Worlds during the season. It has been a dream come true.
ANSW: In your first departure jump, you cleared 2.08m. How do you think your preparation has been going for the World Youth Championships?
David Snowdon: My preparation for Worlds has been going really well. I am working very closely with my coach Marilyn. I am injury free and have been able to concentrate hard on my fitness and jump technique. I have such good support behind me. Everything is going to plan.
ANSW: What are the goals for the World Youth Championships?
David Snowdon: My first goal at Worlds is to try to get a pb. I would like to make the final jump round (top 8). If I medal, that would be perfect. I would also be happy to come home with a World Junior qualifier.
ANSW: What are your longer term goals?
David Snowdon: My goal for 2012 is to make the team for World Juniors. I would like ultimately one day to win an Australian open title, make a seniors team for World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.
ANSW: Australia’s leading high jumper for the last decade, Nick Moroney, and you have a connection. Can you outline?
David Snowdon: Despite our age difference, Nick and I have a high school connection of sorts. Nick had a teacher (who was also his basketball coach) called Brother Jeff. It was Brother Jeff who recognised Nick's high jumping ability at school and encouraged him to compete in higher level competitions in the school system. Brother Jeff is now my school principal at St. Dominic’s College, Kingswood and is one of the people encouraging me to achieve my potential in high jump and to pursue my athletics goals. He has even come to the track to see me jump and has met up with Nick once again after nearly 20 years.
ANSW: What are your hobbies and interests away from the track? What are your plans after you leave school?
David Snowdon: I have a pretty ordinary life away from the track. I hang out with my friends and follow my football team. I like going to the movies, listening to music (reggae and R&B), and going on Facebook.
After school, I plan on going to uni to study occupational therapy or exercise sports science.
I would also like to still be actively involved in athletics.
David Snowdon - Statistics
Club: Asics Wests
Coach: Marilyn Pearson
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image Brother Jeff, David Snowdon and Nick Moroney (Courtesy of David Tarbotton)