Victoria Park sprinter is off to Rio

Aaron Bresland competing earlier this year. Picture: John Forbes Photography
Aaron Bresland competing earlier this year. Picture: John Forbes Photography

HE first hit the track as a latecomer at 18 years old, and now just three years later Victoria Park resident Aaron Bresland is training to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The now 21-year-old athlete holds two WA records, fastest 100m sprinter and fastest 200m sprinter, and said he couldn’t wait to take on the challenge of Rio 2016.

“Most people start in Little Athletics but I was 18 when I started and now I’m 21, so to progress as much as I have in three years is great,” he said.

“I think the Olympics are a realistic goal and anything is possible.”

With his personal best 100m sprint time at a quick 10.39 seconds, Bresland’s list of accomplishments also boasts being ranked as high as third in the nation for 100m

Training about five times a week, sometimes twice a day, the keen runner splits his time between intense training sessions, university studies and volunteering ventures.

While he studies primary education at Edith Cowan University, Mr Bresland also dedicates time to working with budding sport students at Victoria Park Primary School.

Mr Bresland guides the students in proper running techniques, trains athletics and coaches the school football team.

But the tough balancing act between training, studying and volunteering won’t deter him from his athletic goals.

“I can handle the training; I’m still learning as I go.”