For any athlete, competing on the world stage can seem like a far fetched dream. This year, for Austin Cole that dream became a reality and has turned into a life he had no idea could have ever happened. He started the year by setting a USport National Record in the 300m and ended his U of A season by winning the Wilson Challenge Trophy (U of A Male Athlete of the Year) and Track and Field Men’s MVP. Who knew that this would just be the start of an incredible year!
In early spring, he put on a Team Canada singlet for the first time and competed in Japan at the IAAF World Relays, bringing home a silver medal. As the outdoor season went on and multiple training sessions and meets later, he captured bronze at the U23 NACAC Championships and Canadian Championships. Now the end of the outdoor season for majority of track athletes, Austin has been selected to wear Team Canada for the third time this year. He will be competing in the mixed 4x400m relay at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar at the end of September.
When a coach-athlete relationship works as great as Rob and Austin’s relationship, there is no telling what they can accomplish. Austin has been a prime example of what hard work, dedication and discipline can result in. He has made several sacrifices to get to where he is today and is a great role model for the younger, upcoming athletes at Capital City and in the track community.
Capital City is so excited to see what else he can accomplish!