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Jumping Joel

Posted: October 5, 2012 by jordantunbridge in Deakin University, Sport

Joel Baden is the next big thing in Australian track and field athletics. At just 16 years of age, he has cleared 2.08m in the high jump event.

Born and raised in Drysdale, Victoria, Joel has recently moved into the boarding house at Melbourne Grammar School receiving a scholarship for his sporting achievements.

 “One of the biggest rewards for my efforts in high jump was receiving a scholarship to Melbourne Grammar School as it helps my education and also gives me the great opportunity to be coached in Melbourne,” said Joel.

Moving to the state’s capital has enabled Joel to train under one of the nations best athletics coaches, Sandro Bissetto.

A current coach of the national youth athletics squad, Bissetto coached Australian record holder, three-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tim Forsyth.

“Sandro is a great coach and I always look forward to going to training which is important because I find it easier to achieve goals when I’m having fun.”


Joel Baden training with his coach Sandro Bissetto

Within three weeks of training under Bissetto, Joel achieved a new personal best and smashed the open high jump school record of 2.03 metres, previously unbroken since 1995.

With his eyes firmly set on the upcoming Associated Public Schools Athletics Championships, Joel hopes to raise the bar even higher to beat the APS record for the under seventeen age group, 2.08 metres, set back in 1979.

Making such quick progress under his new training regime, Joel Baden hasn’t ruled out qualifying for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.

“Four years from now I’ll be 20 years old and I’ll be a lot stronger so I should be able to jump the Olympic qualifying height of 2.28 metres.”

– Jordan Tunbridge