Curran makes sport transition look effortless

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE'S Michael Curran may have not won any medals, but he was "rapt'' with his performance at the World Masters Athletics Games in Spain recently.

The former rugby league star was proud of his efforts, finishing in the top 30 in all three events he contested in the 40-44 years age group.

Curran finished 29th in the 100m, 22nd in the 200m and 27th in the 400 ? a great effort considering he has only hit the track in the last year.

'I was rapt with my form, it was not too bad for an ex-footballer,' Curran said.

'At the titles I was probably only 0.2 or 0.3 away from the top guys, so if I keep getting out there and working hard, you never know what can happen.'

Curran knows all about sport at the top level having played with the Redcliffe Dolphins in Brisbane during his league career which started with Valleys.

He has attacked his new sport with vigour and prospered under the tutelage of local coach Natalie Jenkinson, herself an Australian judo representative.

'Natalie has been a tremendous influence for me,' he said.

'She is a great coach who has got the best out of me and without her support taking part in the world championships would not have happened.

'Her knowledge on elite sport is just fantastic.'

Curran is busy finalising his preparation for next weekend's Australian Masters Games being held in Adelaide, where the state 100m champion hopes to make an impact.

'The nationals are going to be great. My goal is to go as fast as I can and see what happens, but some medals would be fantastic,' he said.



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