Originally born in Sudan, Peter was forced to move at the age of 8 as his family sought refuge in Australia from the Civil War. His journey has taken him from never even training for a track event to his hidden talent emerging at the age of 17 at a high school in Perth and eventually representing Australia at 2 Olympic Games and multiple other international events.
Today, Peter is an accomplished middle distance runner who holds the current national 800m record and in 2021, he became the first Australian athlete in 53 years to make it to the 800m final at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Proud Australian Olympian, Athlete & Keynote Speaker dedicated to helping people across the globe with goal setting, consistency, resilience & productivity. Outside of my ambitions and aspirations within athletics, I found a passion for helping others in the form of mentoring, coaching, and speaking.
Peter shares his overall journey with sports & life, focusing on building a solid foundation for success in sports, in the
Topics Touched In Workshop:
Balance – Sport, life and Education – Q & A
classroom or, in life.
Peter shares his journey to the Olympic Games in 2016 & 2020 and his experiences when representing Australia at the global stage.
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From Refugee To Australian Record Holder. This Is My Journey
When I look back and wonder – how did I get here? I think of the child born in Sudan. I think of the family who finally found refuge in Toowoomba. I think of my community as I grew up in Perth. I think of the support I got in my Athletics training. And last but not the least, I think of the millions of souls that cheered me on in my dream at the Olympics.
The Early Years
Born in Sudan, I migrated to Australia at a young age, a once strange place that I now call home. I moved to Toowoomba with my family in 2004, where I completed my primary education. Moving to another country was not easy. I knew life would never be the same again but I also knew there would be tremendous opportunities and challenges ahead of me.
How Did I Get Into Athletics
I've always been a huge sports fan. From a young age, I developed a real passion for sports. I've been a big fan of the Premier League in Europe and the Soccer World Cup almost religiously. Along with these, I also closely follow the NBA, AFL and Rugby. You would be hard pressed to find a sport that I don’t watch or follow!
Journey To Tokyo Olympics
Being at the Olympics is a different experience for every athlete. You see different cultures, meet new people and everyone being here to compete at the highest level. Having already been through the Olympics once, this time felt different. It was almost as if knowing what was ahead of me made the anticipation even worse. I was training harder than ever before and in the middle of all of this was the fear of getting infected from Covid during my training or at the event and the pressure to perform to the best of my ability.
Passion For Speaking & Storytelling
As I was following my ambitions and aspirations within athletics, I found a passion for helping others in the form of mentoring, coaching, and speaking. I believe I have only been able to reach this point because I had a mentor and a strong support network throughout my training. Now, it is time that I start giving back so that those who follow this strange,
Review TextHonestly Peter was awesome. He was so good. Peter is just so human, had to work hard and nothing was handed to him. We got all the right messages. Thank you so much.
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