Jacko Whitby, Athletics

What sport do you coach?

Today, I’m fully dedicated to Athletics. I coach aspiring young athletes under the Geraldton Little Athletics’ umbrella.

I used to be Level 2 Sports Medicine Trainer with one of the local football clubs (15 years) and also a soccer coach (10 years).

Why did you start coaching?

Back in the 80s, my two kids got into athletics and I wanted to be their coach. One could question if that was a smart decision to be a parent/coach to my own kids. 

Since then, I have coached many young athletes and never looked back.

What sport do you play?

I used to play football and soccer when I was young.

Ten years ago, I stopped playing any sport as I wanted to focus on developing my coaching career – to enable me to boost the performance of young athletes in the Mid West region.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Level 1 Community Athletics Coach – this title has been given to me due to my previous coaching experience of my own kids.
  • Level 4 (former Level 2) – Level 4 Specialist Coach Jumps

Three words that best describe you

I’m very patient, passionate and happy. I also like gaining new skills and knowledge it enables me to be a better coach for our young athletes.

If you were an animal, what would you like to be?

If I wasn’t human, I’d be an eagle - big and strong; flying around and ruling the sky! I’d also watch people with my eagle eye!

Athletic career achievements

None as far as I can remember.

Coaching achievements

  • 2014 – 2016 – I’ve been coaching the track and field hurdler, Imogen Perejuan
  • 2014 – I was coaching Nickeisha Hodder, Silver Medalist at Under 20 Nationals for Javelin
  • 2014 – I was coaching Wally Mekan who competed in the World Youth Championship U18
  • I was coaching Nathaniel Franklin who made it to the Oceania Games.

Do you have a sports idol?

My long-time favourite is a former British Jamaican sprinter, Linford Christy. He always wanted to be in control. He wanted to be number one. He strived to be the leader.

What sort of work you do?

For the last five years, I’ve been running a successful family courier business in the Mid West region.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love watching V8 Supercars races on TV.

What advice would you give to an aspiring young athlete?

You must to want to do it and your parents must support you. Then I will do my bit.

Don’t try to eat the whole elephant in one bite! Be consistent and patient.