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Decathlon Champ To Thrill Coastal Crowds
IT’S not very often a decathlete competes in the Basslink Christmas Carnivals Series, but Devonport has been able to secure the national champion. Steve Cain will travel down with a number of pole vaulters to put on a show for Coastal crowds during the two days at Devonport. Decathletes are some of the most dedicated athletes on the planet, having to put in enormous hours of training to compete in so many events.
“I have been to Tasmania a couple of times, only to Hobart though,” Cain said yesterday. Cain said while he is down here he will compete in possibly the skins event and he has heard there will be a long jump. Having been a fan of all jumping events as a junior, Cain wanted to combine almost all sports into one. “I kind of just fell into it (the decathlon). I liked all jumping events as a junior such as hurdles, long and high jump.
“When I got a bit older I started to get around with a few heptathletes and it just progressed from there,” Cain said. Cain admitted being a decathlete meant he was injured quite a bit. “We are alway injured, just because of the sheer amount of training we have to do for all the different disciplines,” Cain said. After Devonport, Cain will be gearing up for the Victorian Championships before the Nationals in Perth late March. Cain then plans to head to Italy in early May.