Olympic athlete Kevin O’Brien is one of Australia’s most promising athletes, but he’s not the only one.
In a bid to get into elite sports, Kevin O. has been told to “think big” by a highly-regarded sports psychologist.
O’Brien was born in Adelaide and his father played for the Adelaide United Lions before moving to Melbourne.
He has been a dual-sport athlete and has won the gold medal in rugby league at the 2016 Commonwealth Games.
His father is a rugby league player and his brother played for a team in the NRL, but Kevin has never been one to play rugby league or football.
His Olympic dream came true in November last year when he won a silver medal at the World Championships in London.
Kevin is now training with Australian coach Michael Chipperfield at the Olympic Games.
Kevin’s father is now his coach, and the two are on a two-week training camp together in the United States.
“I’m going to have to have a little bit of a rethink in my approach to training because I want to be able to get myself to be in peak condition,” Kevin said.
“If I can do that I will be in top condition.”
Kevin is one half of a two man trios that are on trial at the Australian Institute of Sport in Sydney, while his brother and fellow Olympian Nathan O’Keefe also compete in the Australian team.
The O’Briens competed at the 2017 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and are hoping to make a breakthrough at the 2018 Games.
“It’s a very important step for Kevin,” Nathan O-Keefe said.
He said he hoped Kevin could compete at the 2020 Olympics.
“I think he’s got a chance,” he said.
“But he’s going to be waiting until he has the right mindset.”
Kevin has got to think about his career now, he’s never really had the chance to do that.””
The Olympics are his biggest opportunity, it’s his biggest career.
I think Kevin’s got it in him.
“Olympic gold medalist and trios teammate, Kevin and Nathan Okeefe, have been training together at the Adelaide Institute of Sports.
Kevin has been in and out of the team and is now back in training with his teammates, but has also been training at the Institute.”
There’s definitely an opportunity there, so I’m just going to try to stay focused on that,” Kevin O-Brien said.
The Australian Institute for Sport has also opened an Olympic training program, and they are also hoping to attract talented athletes from around the world to take part.”
We’re going to look at how to get more athletes to come and work with us in our Olympic program,” Australian coach Nick Macgregor said.