Hamish Kerr made a giant leap forward to jump 2.21m at the New Zealand Track & Field Championships in Hamilton earlier this month. Here, the 21-year-old Palmerston North A & HC athlete answers our Five Minutes With questions.
What is your best athletics quality?
Being tall means I have less distance to travel in the air compared to my competitors.
Why would you encourage anyone to try athletics?
It's a summer sport, where generally you turn up to a meet for an event that doesn't take longer than 30 mins! The rest of the time is spent catching up with friends and enjoying the sun.
Who was your first coach and how did they influence your career?
Chris Trabing. He was so passionate about the sport, and since he passed away in 2013 the memories of training with him have been a huge motivation.
What are your athletics weaknesses?
My passion for bad food - I’m working on it though!
What is the funniest thing you’ve seen on an athletics track?
I’ve never seen it personally, but I rate the videos of people slipping over just before high jump take-off on YouTube.
What is your favourite athletics session?
Much to my coach’s (Anne Thompson’s) despair, my favourite session would probably be going for a jog, I never run a long distance but since I grew up running cross country, these sessions take me back nostalgically to my younger days
What is the greatest thing you’ve witnessed in an athletics stadium?
The men’s javelin final at the 2017 World University Games. Two guys went over 91m with their final throws, with the local Taiwanese guy winning. The crowd were going mad.
Who has been your toughest rival?
Billy Crayford - I grew up watching him win nationals year after year so to be able to compete against him now is special.
If you could star in another sport which sport would it be?
I have dreams of playing basketball in Europe. I still hope one day I will give it a go.
When travelling to a meeting what is the most important item in your suitcase?
My headphones. Sometimes I need my alone time and what better way to ignore people than pumping out some Taylor Swift.
What is your greatest regret?
Not listening to my body more when I was young. I pushed myself too hard when I was growing and I have had to pick up the pieces ever since.
Who is the person you most admire?
My Dad. He’s the hardest working person I know and if I could apply even a fraction of that effort to my own life, I would be happy.
What are you most scared of?
Waking up in a world where athletics wasn't a huge part of my life. I’m pretty average at everything else in life.
What is your favourite movie and why?
Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. We watched it in the flat last year many times as we felt it was an apt social commentary of where the world is going.
When was the last time you looked at your athletics medals?
Last time I went looking for a spare pen in my top draw- the memories of how I won them never leave me though.