HBF Fit Fans competition puts Champion Lakes runner back on track

John Hawks is enjoying the HBF Fit Fans competition.|Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d443003
John Hawks is enjoying the HBF Fit Fans competition.|Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d443003

TAKING part in the HBF Fit Fans competition has whet Champion Lakes resident John Hawks’ appetite to be a top competitive runner once again.

Mr Hawks is participating in the HBF Fit Fans competition that will see fans from the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers see how fit they can become, with the winner receiving a trip to the AFL grand final.

The 54-year-old, who works as a senior project manager in IT at UWA, is a West Coast Eagles member and is one of 22 people representing the club.

He said he had lost 14 kilograms so far.

Mr Hawks said he originally thought about doing the competition when the scales hit 100kg.

“I have met every goal I have set for myself so far,” he said.

“I used to be an 800 and 1500m runner when I was younger and then moved to the 10km distance, but I stopped and then I let myself go.

“Doing this again has whet my appetite for competitive running.

“It is win-win; the chance to go to the grand final is appealing and I have lost 14kg so far.”

The winner of the HBF Fit Fans competition is judged on several categories, including flexibility, fitness, strength, weight loss and muscle density.

Mr Hawks made national teams during his younger days and even shared a house with WA distance running legend Ray Boyd.

“Ray told me the national masters will be held in Perth next year so if I take running seriously, that could be a goal,” Mr Hawks said.

Competition winners will be announced on September 16.