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.
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."