Wesley Spargo

Wesley SpargoPlace of birth: Melbourne

Sporting career highlights

  • National Junior Bronze Medallist in the 400m Hurdles 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Victorian Junior Athletics Team Captain 2012
  • Semi-finalist in the 2014 Australian open-age athletics championships.

At what age did you start seriously training and competing in your sport(s)?

15.

What (and/or who) got you started in the sport?

Began participating in primary school (year 3) and enjoyed it ever since!

Are other family members involved in sport?

Yes, my older brother plays Australian Rules Football.

Who has been the biggest influence in your sporting career?

My late coach Tom Kelly. He taught me the power of believing in oneself, how success can be earned through commitment, determination and hard work, and also how to be a great friend.

Who has been the biggest influence in your academic life?

Mainly my coaches, as their endless expertise in their fields inspires me to never stop learning, seek credible information and to always grow as a person. These include (but are not limited to: Tom Kelly and Neal Wen

Do you support any other sport and/or teams?

Carlton footy club.

How do you relax? Do you have other life interests outside of your sport?

Either by sleeping or travelling.

What is one thing that might surprise readers to learn about you?

I am trying to become fluent in Spanish. Quiero ir a España y Mexico.

What is your favourite food? Movie? Music/performer?

Favourite food is definitely pizza. Movie is probably Berverly Hills cop and favourite musician/DJ is Armin Van Buuren.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Success cannot be achieved unless you have a burning desire for a definitive object/outcome, you have a definite plan of achieving this goal and by an exact point in time

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

Never stop growing as a person. Life is an endless opportunity to learn.