Curran sprints to Masters glory
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A DISCIPLINED training regime has revived a promising athletics career for former Gladstone rugby league talent Michael Curran.
Curran covered himself in wellearned glory by winning three medals at last weekend's state masters athletics titles in Townsville.
Competing in the 40-44 years age division, Curran, 42, snared gold (100m), silver (200m) and bronze (400m) to show his training program with former Australian judo representative Natalie Jenkinson was having the desired effect.
A former A grade rugby league player with the Valleys club, Curran departed Gladstone at the age of 18 to play with the Redcliffe Dolphins who were then coached by Queensland legend Arthur Beetson.
Curran, who was just as talented in the athletics arena, recently made a return to the track after he and family friend Jenkinson, also a Gladstone product, came to believe he could again achieve big things.
Despite a busy schedule as a state manager for a finance company, Curran regularly travels to Gladstone to train with Jenkinson and they will now focus their energies on competing at this year's world masters games in Spain in August.
While many athletes in their 40s return to sport as a means of maintaining fitness, Curran was aiming for higher honours right from the start.
'I wanted to do it properly,'' Curran said. 'I've changed my diet, done the whole lot ? taken everything to a higher level to achieve something.'
Jenkinson, who has coached athletes in various codes, praised her new charges performances.
'He's one of the best trainers I've had, by a country mile,'' Jenkinson said.
'He's determined to be better and it's only a few niggling injuries, because he hasn't trained like this for such a long time, which are worrying him.'