Notre Dame Student makes winning comeback at University Games

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 30-10-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

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A Health and Physical Education student from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, Mr Chris Johnson, made the perfect comeback after a year of injuries, by winning the decathlon at this year’s Australian University Games (AUGs) in Adelaide.

Mr Johnson’s effort at the AUGs was an important achievement for him, receiving an overall personal best score.

“I was pretty happy about winning. I haven’t had the best run in the past year. I tore my hamstring off the bone in February 2005 and it took me until this year’s AUGs to finally finish a decathlon. So to finish one, injury free and get an overall personal best score – I am pretty happy,” said Mr Johnson.

Mr Johnson’s sporting career was initiated at the age of nine by his mother who was very keen for him to take up a sport…any sport!

After winning his first State athletics medal in triple jump that same year, Mr Johnson decided athletics was a sport he would stick with, but it wasn’t until he was 16 that his coach suggested taking up decathlons.

“I was doing long jump at the time and my coach told me I should think about doing decathlons, she put me onto a coach and basically since then that’s what I’ve been doing,” said Mr Johnson.

Mr Johnson is now concentrating on making it to next year’s World University Games in Thailand. He would also like to compete in the next AUGs for Notre Dame and wants to see more representation in athletics for the University.