Long time followers of In the Cove will recall that in June 2013 (when we only had a few followers and our website was just a twinkle in ITC’s eye) Lane Cove came together to raise money for Skeleton racer, John Farrow, to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. We held a fundraising evening with John bringing his Skeleton Sled and helmet, which delighted the kids. John is one brave man, he races down a bobsled track at 140 km an hour face first. Some may say he is even braver wearing a form-fitting lycra suit in a cold climate (but ITC will not go there). We raised $800 for John to fund research into a design feature to make an aerodynamic sled. A Lane Cove local, Lewis Clark, designed the new sled feature as for his Aerospace Degree major project at the University of Canberra.
Fast Forward to May 2016 and John is back in the Cove. John will be working at Renegade Cycles for the next three months. If you want to meet a real-life Winter Olympian, pop on down to Renegade and say hello. Kids, in particular, love meeting him and hearing about his adventures. We asked John to tell us a bit about what he has been doing since we last saw him.
How did you go at the 2014 Winter Olympics?
I finished the competition in 17th place. This is the highest placing by an Australian Skeleton Racer in Winter Olympics history.
Why are you back in Lane Cove?
After the 2014 Winter Olympics, I lost all my funding. Josh Blake, owner of Renegade Cycles, has always been a huge supporter of mine. He lets me work shifts that fit in with my training schedule. I will be in Lane Cove for three months and during that time, I will undertake dry land training. By working at Renegade, I will be able to save some money before returning overseas and undertaking specific training in a colder environment (USA and Canada). In Skeleton, like bobsledding, the start is so important. Unfortunately, there are no facilities in Australia to work on the start, so I have to head overseas. It really is just like the movie Cool Runnings – it’s all about the start.
What is your favourite thing to do in Lane Cove?
Lane Cove is where I started my sporting career. As a kid, I played rugby with the Lane Cove Tigers at Tantallon Oval and loved it. I now train at Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field in Lane Cove North. I love the active lifestyle in Lane Cove (I see this every day at Renegade). However, I am still partial to a cold beer in the Longy Beer Garden, it always makes me feel like I am back in Lane Cove.
As an Olympian, do you get drug tested often for performance enhancing drugs?
In an Olympic year, we are tested once a month. This year I have only been tested once.
Is there anything Lane Cove Residents or In the Cove could do to assist you on your Olympic journey?
I am focussing all my efforts on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. It will be a hard slog to get to Korea as I am privately funded. If any business is looking to go on this journey with me please get in touch!!! I would like to do a fundraiser in the area, but even someone just liking my Facebook page or sharing this article would give me a boost and help me achieve the best results I can at the next Olympics.
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