After a quiet year by his high standards, Tasmanian sprint star Jack Hale will use the North-West Coast to help launch into what could be a career-defining year.
Despite his young age, the 19-year-old is already somewhat of a Christmas Carnivals veteran as he prepares for his fourth series, locked in as a starter in the Latrobe and Burnie gifts.
His focus has been on building a solid training base with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on the horizon.
“I’ve deliberately had a quiet 2017 on the racing front,’’ Hale said on Monday.
“The Nitro (Nitro Athletics) experience in February was good, but shortly after that I made the decision to knuckle down in training for the winter.
“I got a new coach in Melbourne, Adam Larcom, new weights program and as a result I’ve put on eight kilos of muscle and feel like I’m ready to put the work from training into racing soon.
“I haven’t missed a training session since March. Adam has had me working harder than I ever have and now I feel like I’m ready to produce some high quality consistent performances.”
With this extra training behind him, and the lure of Queensland in April, Hale said he was confident of some success during his latest visit to this region.
“I’ll be lining up in the 120m gifts at Latrobe and Burnie, so hopefully I can crack my maiden win in one of them,’’ he said.
“With the Commonwealth Games trials less than seven weeks after this series, like most athletes, I’ll be coming in to peak form so I’ll be ready to race hard.”