Todd Jarratt

Todd JarrattPlace of birth: Hay, NSW

Sporting career highlights

  • 2015 – Australian Motocross Championships (MX Nationals) Commentator
  • 2015 – World Superbikes Troy Bayliss Classic Commentator
  • 2014 – Australian Motocross Championships (MX Nationals) Commentator
  • 2014 – Athlete manager at Junior World Motocross Championships (Belgium)
  • 2014 – WBR Junior Race Team Manager
  • 2013 – 5th A Lites Senior Victorian Motocross Championships
  • 2013 – 7th Under 19's Senior Victorian Motocross Championships
  • 2013 – 33rd Under 19's Australian Motocross Championships (missed 4 of 9 rounds)
  • 2012 – 8th B Lites Senior Victorian Motocross Championships
  • 2012 – 10th Under 19's Senior Victorian Motocross Championships
  • 2012 – 11th Under 19's Australian Supercross Championships (Round 5)
  • 2010 – 5th Australian Junior Motocross Championships
  • 2010 – 2nd NSW Amcross Championships
  • 2010 – 5th NSW Amcross Championships
  • 2010 – 7th NSW Amcross Championships
  • 2008 – 2nd Junior Victorian Motocross Championships (Round 2)
  • 2007 – 4th Junior Victorian Motocross Championships.

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

16, I had been living away at boarding school three hours from home from the age of 12 so I was unable to train seriously up until that point. 

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

My father was a state and national dirt bike racer in his youth so I was always going to be involved with motorcycles growing up in outback NSW. Family friends had begun racing when I was 7 and by the following year we were travelling around NSW and Victoria competing together.

Are other family members involved in sport?

My father was a national dirt bike racer, my mother was a state gymnastics coach, and both my sisters were state representative gymnasts.

Who has been the biggest influence in your sporting career?

My parents. As a child growing up, they always instilled that no matter what path I chose in life, as long as I worked hard, was passionate about it and always had fun doing it they would support me 100 per cent. Their faith in my dreams and ambition provided me with the confidence that I could achieve anything if I worked hard enough for it.

Do you support any other sport and/or teams?

In the sport of motocross with my commentary position and previous management position I support and represent numerous riders, companies, brands and teams throughout Australia.

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

My mode of relaxation is physical activity, so that usually involves road cycling, mountain biking, boxing or gym work. I find it hard to 'sit around' or have 'lazy days' as I always want to be working towards something and being productive with my time.

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

I have no sense of smell. I have never been able to smell anything at all, and yes I can still taste which everyone believes is odd.

Also, in 2014, my first year at university due to my sporting commitments I spent only 5 days at home in Hay for the entire year.

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

  • Roast pork and Woolworths cookies are my big meal weaknesses
  • Talladega Nights
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Bliss N Eso.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Don't you ever let somebody tell you, you can't do something. You're capable of achieving anything you work hard for, so stay focused and never give up

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

Not so much a saying or motto so to speak, but I have always been fond of inspirational speeches and quotes made by successful outliers such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Will Smith.