Topics:  eugene bradshaw, gold, gold coast, gordon cameron, medal, olympics, rowing coach, school of total education, sport

Olympic gold goal

TRAINING HARD: Eugene Bradshaw sticks to a strict training program to further his rowing career.
TRAINING HARD: Eugene Bradshaw sticks to a strict training program to further his rowing career. Contributed

WHEN rowing coach Gordon Cameron laid eyes on past School of Total Education student Eugene Bradshaw, he saw an Olympian in the making.

Standing more than two metres tall and weighing in at 100kg, Mr Bradshaw has the perfect physique and strength for rowing.

He moved to the Gold Coast in 2011 to study a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Physiotherapy, and three weeks ago received a Tier Five Rowing Australia Scholarship which will see him train to be among the best in the country.

A one-in-10,000 chance to win the scholarship, Mr Bradshaw said he was excited to be given the opportunity and experience the guidance of the national body.

"It's really great. I have also been invited to row in the Golden Blades Regatta in St Petersburg, Russia, mid next year," Mr Bradshaw said.

Making the cut for this sort of sport is no casual cruise down stream.

"For cardio each week we do 150km cycling, 4-6km sprints, 6-8km jogging and 2km swimming, plus strength and water sessions" Mr Bradshaw said.

With an Olympic medal in his sights, Mr Bradshaw hopes to make it to the top in the years to come.



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