The small town of Kleinmond now has a world-renowned resident, and he is none other than the discus athlete, Victor Hogan.
The 28-year-old won a silver medal in the recent Athletics World Cup held in London, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium, which placed him second in the world.
Hogan started practising discus as a sport when he was about 14 years old when attending Overberg High School. “When I was 16 years old, I competed in Greece at the World School Games, where I received my first SA colours in discus.” Hogan added it was also during his high school years that he was chosen to represent South African teams no less than three times, and that he also broke the SA Schools Junior record during that time.
Another achievement, which Hogan fondly remembers, is the day he broke an interschools discus record by a whopping 16 metres. “The people had to call the principal to get his signature,” he recalled. “So when he came to look at the sheet, he said: ‘no way, there must be something wrong here’, something I will never forget.”
In 2008, when Hogan was 19 and still considered as a junior in the discus fraternity, he broke the SA Junior National Record by throwing a distance of 65,52, which placed him second in the world in this category.
With all that talent and hard work in his past, his career as a professional adult athlete also seemed to be reaping the benefits. “I represented South Africa, and we were among the top eight countries that were invited to participate at the World Athletics Cup in London on 14 July,” Hogan stated.
“I have put in loads of hard work and effort into training, and I believe that is what made me claim that second place. It’s great to have won a medal, as there where many good throwers.”
He noted only the discus world leader from Jamaica was a step in front of him and he took the gold medal.
Hogan however added he is happy with having won silver, but that he could have done better with his distance.
Asked where he sees himself five years from now with regard to his sport, he said: “I had a few barriers and the journey has been tough, both mentally and physically but I will not quit. The best few years are still ahead of me and I want to give it my all.”
He also mentioned he has a couple of big goals that lie ahead. “There is the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar as well as the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
“My message to the youth is to enjoy what you do and to visualise your goal or dream and then, to keep on fighting to achieve it and to believe in yourself.”
Hogan is thankful to everyone who played a part in his rise to success.
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