Commonwealth Games high jump champion Hamish Kerr will head to Europe this weekend a few pounds heavier than normal, but that’s nothing to do with excesses during the festive season.
By Barry Guy for rnz.co.nz
Kerr has decided to change his early-year plans to compete on the European Indoor Tour sometime next month.
The 26-year-old played his first competition of the season in Hawera on Wednesday, winning with a height of 2.21 metres.
“I was glad I hadn’t competed for a while and I wasn’t sure where my body was at.”
Following her success at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August, Kerr completed the Diamond League season before taking an eight-week break.
He and his team then looked into his training.
“We’ve made some massive changes over the last two months, so jumping to 2:21m is quite nice.
“For the past few years, I’ve been happy with my technique, but sometimes I felt I lacked a bit of power.
Kerr felt he needed to make changes in the gym to find an extra 6cm (of his best) to be competitive at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“We had someone come to examine my physical condition.
“I’m probably the heaviest I’ve ever had in a season, but that’s just because I’m more powerful than I’ve ever been.
“Hopefully if we get the heights we want then we roll with it.”
Kerr will compete in the Cooks Classic this weekend, before heading to Europe for the Indoor Tour.
“After making these changes, I just want to put him in a pressure cooker situation in Europe and see what happens.
“It will also be a good change because I did the national circuit for seven or eight years, which I love to do, but as an athlete I think it will be good for me to go abroad. .”
Kerr won a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships last year, but this year’s championship was scrapped.
He will return in time for the national championships in Wellington in March before focusing again on the Diamond League and then the world championships in Hungary in August.