The JTG Finish line with Ryan Gregson
The Finish line with JTG
Ryan Gregson is the Australian 1500m record holder with a time of 3:31.06. The 1500m star tackled our finish line questions ahead of the Morton Games this Friday.
The best thing about being an athlete is winning races. There is no better feeling than beating people.
The worst thing about being an athlete is injuries. I’ve had my share and even though each time you come back hungrier and smarter, they’re something I could certainly do without.
The best piece of kit from my sponsor are definitely joggers (Nike). I go through so many pairs and am constantly rotating them so without a sponsor I’d be very poor!
My best friend in track & field is Genevieve LaCaze, Brett Robinson and Luke Mathews. They’re nice people.
When I’m not training or competing I like to watch cricket and music videos. If athletics is my job, following cricket is my hobby. I love Australian team so much and I get very excited when they play, especially Test matches.
If I wasn’t an athlete I would be a cricketer or a DJ. Either one I’d be very happy with. I’d love to be like Mitchell Johnson and bowl Australia to an Ashes victory and I’d also like to be like Calvin Harris and play a set in front of 50,000 pumped up fans.
The music I’m listening to right now is Chris Brown. I’m obsessed with Chris Brown. I think he’s the greatest artist ever.
My Favourite place to train/compete is Falls Creek and Oslo. Falls Creek is my favourite training location because it’s at altitude, is in Australia and I can drive to it. This makes it feel like home. Oslo is my favourite place to compete because as a miler, the Dream Mile is the most important race on the circuit to win. I was inspired when Andy Baddeley won it in 2008 and even though I haven’t had my best races there, it’s a place that I respect so much because of the history and I’d like to race well there over anywhere else.
I realised I wanted to be an athlete when I was 4 years old. That’s as far back as I can remember and even though I had other sporting interests along the way, deep down I always wanted to be a runner.
When I stand behind the start line I’m thinking about not too much at all. I’ve already done my thinking about the race and I switch into autopilot.
My goal in track & field is to be competitive in any race that I line up in and hopefully one day I’ll have my day.
One change I would make to the sport is to have easier access to alcohol and gambling at meets to encourage a wider range of sports fans and make going to the athletics and fun night out.
As a young athlete I looked up to Steve Ovett. Ovett is the athlete that I’ve watched most on YouTube. I love the way he ran and his attitude. I think he was a total class.
My dream training partner would be John Steffensen. I already have a few close friends that I train with and we have a lot of banter, but I’d love to have John Steffensen around the group again. He’s retired now but 2014 was probably the funnest year I’ve had on the circuit, mainly because I was able to travel to a few meets with Johnny.