BOUND FOR GLORY: Steve Cragg, 31, is gunning for multiple medals in a variety of events at the Pan Pacific Games which will be held in Runaway Bay, Gold Coast from November 10-12.
BOUND FOR GLORY: Steve Cragg, 31, is gunning for multiple medals in a variety of events at the Pan Pacific Games which will be held in Runaway Bay, Gold Coast from November 10-12. Mike Richards GLA011116RUN

Cragg inspired by childhood meeting

A CHANCE MEETING with an elderly athlete when Steve Cragg was 12 years old has inspired him to become a masters athlete.

Cragg, 31, is gunning for a swag of medals in a range of athletic disciplines at the Pan Pacific Games held on the Gold Coast from November 10-12.

Steve Cragg:
Steve Cragg:

 

While most young athletes aspire to make their mark, the earlier the better, Cragg saw it differently.

"I first thought about masters when I was 12 and I met the then world rescord holder in the 100-metre sprints in 1997," Cragg said.

"I can't recall his name, but he was the world record holder at 92.

"I thought that I could do this forever."

Cragg will compete in the 60, 100, 200 and 400-metre sprints, long, triple and high-jump, javelin, discus and shot put.

"Basically I used to do athletics and competed in the Oceania Athletics Championships in 2002," Cragg said.

He took a break for several years after a sprained ankle took 18 months to overcome.

"I started my own business and it took time for me to commit to, but have made a comeback doing regular competitions," Cragg added.

He has been in training since May, but a spate of minor injuries in the form of a hip flexor strain, Achilles tendonitis and a shoulder tendon ailment.

"I went to Gladstone physio and fitness and they helped me a lot," Cragg said.

As for which events Cragg will do well in?

I have always been good at javelin and the ones I'm likey to win is the javelin and high-jump," he predicted.

"But I have focussing on sprints."