Unlocking Athletic Potential

Episode #33 | Gavin Stephens - M40 400m World Champion - Finding Faster After 40

January 28, 2021 Ian Deeth and Johnny Tieu Season 1 Episode 33
Unlocking Athletic Potential
Episode #33 | Gavin Stephens - M40 400m World Champion - Finding Faster After 40
Show Notes

We welcome M40 400m World Champion Gavin Stephens to the UAP Podcast.

As a senior Gavin was a British Universities 200m Champion but stopped competing at 22 years of age as he switched sports to play semi-professional Rugby. At 35, Gavin decided to step back onto the track and over the next seven years, became progressively faster.

In 2018 he held the fastest time in the world over 400 for anyone over the age of 40, clocking 49.68, and became M40 World 400m Champion, winning gold against a stacked field which included 400m 2010 Commonwealth Champion Mark Mutai from Kenya.

Gavin is also a coach and race organiser and is based in Sussex in the UK.

In this episode we discuss:

  • His journey as an athlete from junior to senior ranks and then picking up athletics again as a masters athlete
  • His current training and similarities and differences to what he was doing as a senior athlete 
  • Life as a Masters athlete and why the community is key to his enjoyment
  • His future goals
  • Striking a balance between setting realistic times but still warning to see some kind of improvement as he gets older
  • His work as a coach, his coaching style and the principles which govern how he coaches his athletes and well as  the coaches who have had the biggest influence on his career
  • What would Coach and Masters athlete Gavin have told a younger Gavin
  • His number one piece of advice to help Masters Athletes Unlock their Athletic Potential 

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Related Article:

https://www.sussexathletics.net/news/athlete-spotlight-gavin-stephens/