A STRAINED groin will not stop two-time Olympian Joshua Ross from competing in The Fit Learning Melville Professional Gift at Len Shearer Reserve on January 19.
The two-time winner of the Stawell Gift will headline the race after overcoming the injury sustained at The Bay Sheffield Gift in December.
Ross is the only athlete to win the three major professional races of the Stawell, The Bay Sheffield and The Burnie Gifts.
“The doctors said I wouldn’t be able to run but I’m now 100 per cent,” he said.
“It was a little fibre tear, after some rehab the body is feeling great.
“I’m always trying to win every race and that’s how I’ll enter this one.”
Ross said the race would springboard his year, with competitions around the country.
“I’m taking it one year at a time although it would be great to go to a third Olympics,” he said.
“I will be 38 or 39 at the time so I will see how things are going.”
The race is held in conjunction with Melville Little Athletics Centre’s athletics program and West Coast Athletics League with more than 800 spectators expected to attend.
In addition to Ross, notable competitors include 2018 WA Junior Sports Star of the Year Sasha Zhoya and State under 20 110m hurdles record holder Adriaan Pelser.