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Introducing…Tom Partington: the Manx race walker aiming for Team GB

Tuesday 23 November in Sport

NAME

Tom Partington

AGE

22

CLUB

Manx Harriers

I’m currently based in Leeds and train at the National Centre of Race Walking. I was only just 17 when I moved here and originally I signed up for a one-year joinery course. Five years later, I am now in my final year of a Sports Performance degree, having done a further year of joinery, followed by a Diploma in Sports Education.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE SPORT?

I have been brought up with athletics and race walking as my mum and dad were both international athletes. Both competed at the Commonwealth Games - dad competed at 6 Games and mum 3, so I owe my interest in the sport to my parents.

WHO INSPIRED YOU TO TAKE UP THE SPORT?

Honestly, I think it just sort of happened! Me and my younger brother Finn, used to go and watch dad at most of the races he did down at the NSC and one morning when I was 5 I gave 1km a go (they had to create a new age group) and I remember it being really hard! I then didn't race again till I was about 13, and I started to take it a bit more seriously when I turned 15.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORT?

I really enjoy the hard work that is all part of the sport. The training is hard, however I love seeing the effort that I put in paying off and reaping the rewards from it. The social aspect of training is great too, because you are spending time with people who like you are training hard and giving it their all to try and reach their potential.

THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU FIND IS...

One thing I find quite difficult is juggling university work and training. However, recently my time management has improved greatly and I am now finding it all much more manageable.

YOUR PROUDEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT…

When I won the Senior National 10km Road Championships or getting a silver medal at the Senior Indoor British Championships.

YOUR BIGGEST SPORTING INFLUENCE IS…

The best walker in Britain, Tom Bosworth. He has done so much for the sport and is always giving me loads of advice and helpful tips. He came 6th in the Olympics and has 2 world records and I am very lucky to train with him on a weekly basis. I also look up to my dad a lot, he was a good athlete.

YOUR TEAMMATES/COACHES WOULD DESCRIBE YOU AS

Highly motivated and is not scared of hard work. My teammates would probably say that I talk too much and that I need to practice my karaoke!

IN 5 YEARS TIME WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF…

In 5 years’ time I would like to be aiming at selection at all the major Championships - The European Championships, The World Championships, The Commonwealth Games and The Olympics.

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN SPORTING GOAL…

To compete at the Olympics and establish myself as a regular member of the Great Britain team.

DO YOU HAVE A SECRET PARTY TRICK…

I can juggle and I am also really good at making animal noises.

TOP TIP FOR YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

Enjoy it and have fun. Don’t rush anything, trust the process, work hard and your time will come.

ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ATHLETES…

Consistency is key, embrace the pain and always give it your best shot.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTIVATIONAL SONG?

Hall of Fame - The Script or Champion - Moosh & Twist.

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