A day in the life of… a gold medallist

October 21, 2003

Name Jane Saville, 28, Commonwealth Games gold medallist race walker.

Describe a typical day

A typical day incorporates 25-35km of walking in the morning (either a flat, hill, long or speed session) and 1.5hrs of cross training in the afternoon, such as running, riding and weight training.

What’s the best part of the job?

The high of competition, all the anxiety, nerves and excitement – and it’s a natural high.

What’s the worst part of the job?

Injuries and illness, as well as the mental hurdles that people don’t see.

What would you consider to be your key talents?

Persistence and working hard at overcoming obstacles to achieve my goal.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

The main thing is to enjoy yourself. Community fun run/walks give people the opportunity to pursue a goal. Group categories such as the Braun Silk-epil Team category in the Sussan Women’s Fun Run helps keep you motivated because you are preparing and participating with a friend.

What was your first job and what was in your first pay packet?

Doing the deliveries for my Dad’s butcher shop (Saville Quality Meats) when I was at Uni – I got to use his car all week and petrol included!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

It changed all the time but during most of high school I wanted to be an architect.

Who was the biggest influence on your career?

My parents always encouraged me but never pushed me and that is probably why I have stayed in sport for so long.

How do you deal with work related stress?

My husband/coach is always there to listen to me and help me. I sometimes make mountains out of molehills and he keeps me balanced.

How do you deal with difficult people at work?

I try and work around them and see it as a challenge. But it’s not a problem that I usually encounter.

What would you spend your last $100 on?

A romantic dinner with my husband!

What would you never wear again?

My school uniform

What are you reading?

Cesar by Colleen McCullough

What can’t you live without?

My Braun Silk-?pil epilator – in my profession there’s a lot of focus on my legs and I want them to look their best at all times.

What inspires you?

To fulfil my potential in every part of my life.

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