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28 Nov 2018

Leading the Pack: Five Minutes with Sam Tanner

Leading the Pack: Five Minutes with Sam Tanner

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New Zealand U20 1500m champion and World U20 Championship representative Sam Tanner is among the most talented teenage middle distance runners in the country. Here the 18-year-old Athletics Tauranga athlete gives a little of himself by answering our Five Minutes With questions. 

What is your best athletics quality? 

Probably my pre-race intimidation tactics – aka, talking my head off in the call tent!

Why would you encourage anyone to try athletics? 

To become part of a group and a family that’s heaps of fun and encouraging while also enjoying the physical benefits. Athletics also has the benefit of appealing to almost anyone, no matter the shape or size. 
 
Who was your first coach and how did they influence your career? 

My first coach and current coach is Craig Kirkwood. He impacted my career by putting the best training programme in place to allow me to achieve my goals.

What are your athletics weaknesses? 

The throwing events. For example, the shot put. 
 
What is the funniest things you’ve seen on an athletics track? 

An athlete trip over a water jump and face plant into the water. 
 
What is your favourite athletics session? 

My favourite session would be a quality 10x300m at 38-39secs with 100m jog recovery. This is because it’s such a burn and you feel like you have made a quality deposit into your strength and speed.

What is the greatest thing you’ve witnessed in an athletic stadium? 

Watching Jakob Ingebrigtsen sadly get out-kicked by a Kenyan (George Manangoi) in the 1500m final at the 2018 World U20 Championships in Finland earlier this year. 
 
Who has been your toughest rival? 

The Hamilton boy Isaiah Priddey. This is because we have raced a lot and he has been the only local kid to fully challenge my fitness. 
 
If you could star in another sport which sport would it be? 

Surfing because it’s such a free, smooth and stylish sport.
 
When travelling to a meeting what is the most important item in your suitcase? 

Shorts because if you didn’t have shorts, I couldn’t run!
 
What is your greatest regret? 

Gassing it at the bell in the 1500m final at the 2017 New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships.
 
Who is the person who you most admire? 

Craig Kirkwood and his moustache. 
 
What are you most scared of? 

Hayden Wilde out-kicking me. Hayden is my training partner and he has never yet out-kicked me 
 
When was the last time you looked at your athletics medals? 

This morning, they are hanging in my room. 

 
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