Hoorah for Harry! Our newest recruit to the AAA Ambassador team, Harry Mezger, has been living and breathing sport and rec this month.

Australia Cross-Country Championships

Harry has recently competed in the 3km run at the Australia Cross-Country Championships, delivered by Athletics Australia and Schools Sport Australia. The event was held at the beautiful Maleny Golf Club in Sunshine Coast, Queensland on Saturday 25 August. Harry told us the course was quite challenging.

‘The race track was very wet and a few people slipped over. It was very difficult because there were so many hills – It was like a roller coaster! Up and down, up and down.’

Harry placed second for his run.

Ascot Vale Special School Coaching

Harry has also been increasing his skills to become educated and eventually work in the sport and rec industry. One of Harry’s recent achievements was a coaching opportunity at Ascot Vale Special School as part of his Victoria University course.

‘Each week changed and we had to do a different coaching plan. We ran activities such as tiggy, trampoline sessions and tunnel ball.’

The coaching program ran for 5 weeks and offered some new challenges for Harry as he learned to manage some of the kids. Despite this, Harry said it was really enjoyable.

Triathlon Victoria Work Placement

Last week Harry finished work placement with Triathlon Victoria. Harry told AAA Play ‘it was an unbelievable experience’. Harry had the opportunity to support the team with data entry and event management. One of his responsibilities was to sort the medals for the upcoming event, and Harry was thrilled to be able to present the medals to the winners on the day.

If you’d like to take a sneak peak into Harry’s work experience, you can check out some of the videos on Triathlon Victoria’s Facebook Page:

Triathlon Victoria Work Placement day 1

Triathlon Victoria Work Placement day 3

Triathlon Victoria Work Placement final day

Here are Harry’s top tips for people wanting to get involved in sport and recreation.

  1. Give it a go. Give it a shot. Anything is possible.
  2. If you don’t succeed the first time, try again and keep trying until you get to the goal.
  3. Try as many things as you can and see what you’re good at and what you think you might like. If you haven’t done coaching, do some volunteering at your local football club or school.
  4. Get in contact and ask for some advice.

If you have a question you would like to ask one of our amazing AAA Ambassadors, email it to request@aaavic.org.au