Since leaving Saints in 2020, Aidan has completed his first year of Civil Engineering at The University of Adelaide, but has also had a meteoric rise in his already bright athletics career.
This season has seen Aidan break two U/20 State Records and at the same time two long standing Open Men’s State records.
Aidan ran a stunning 10.35sec 100M to break a 30 year old State Open 100M then he ran a brilliant 20.41 200M to break Bruce Frayne’s 37 year old record. This makes Aidan the 7th fastest Australian Male ever. Wow and he is only 18 years and 5 months old.
These incredible results have captured both the South Australian athletics public attention, but also the Australian athletic fraternity.
Aidan is currently the fastest 200M runner in Australia. His goal is to try to win the Open 200M at the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney in early April. This may pave the way for Aidan to qualify and compete in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene Oregon USA in August this year. He has already prequalified for the World Juniors later this year in the 100, 200 and 400M 46.3 sec
Aidan’s coach is former 1976 200M Olympian Peter Fitzgerald, who has his squad based in Melbourne. Peter is working with a small group of athletes and coaches in South Australia making regular trips to work with Aidan in Adelaide.
However, in the future Peter would like Aidan to do some 2 to 3-week training blocks in Melbourne, depending on Aidan’s University commitments and competitions around the world.
It would be wonderful if there was an Old Scholar family based in Melbourne who would be happy to billet Aidan on such occasions. If you live within a 5 -10km radius of Brighton and you are interested in helping this exciting athlete, please get in touch with me, Tony Keynes. This would be invaluable to helping Aidan develop as an athlete.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this very dynamic young man.
Tony Keynes (SCH 1970)