We are running a new feature on Impactsportscience.com aiming to raise the profile of some our highly talented athletes that we support.
The first athlete to be put ‘under the spotlight’ is talented youngster Jordan Harry.
Name: Jordan Harry
Age: 17 years old (20/02/1997)
Sport/event: Athletics/Long jump, 4×100, Triple jump
To manifest my talent into something I can share with those around me.
Best sporting achievement:
In January 2014 I had the opportunity to fly out to America to compete and learn from two phenomenal coaches. Kenta Bell, a coach who I view as not only a good coach but a good man is an Olympian long jumper and triple jumper for USA (holds multiple state records), was my mentor during my time out there. The second coach was Randy Hadley, a top elite strength and conditioning coach. Randy made me realise what it takes to perform at the elite level. He is strong believer in doing thing differently. During my time out there I took part in ‘deep training’. What I learnt in four days of training with the two of them I would of learnt in a year.
At the end of the week the athletes were able to compete at a university meeting. I was the youngest athlete, additionally the only British, however I wanted to prove to the coaches I had grown by jumping a new personal best. 5.90m a distance I jumped when I was 15. I didn’t even make it to the finals. To say I beat myself up after would be an understatement.
Now some may say this was tough love, because Kenta Bell did not comfort me nor did he sympathise with me. In fact he didn’t even mention my performance, all he said was this: ”On my bad day Jordan I would win. On my good day I would break the record. You see I don’t care about your confidence, all I care about is your competence- the ability to do something over and over again.”
You ask what my greatest sporting achievement is, and I say ”It is every time I step in-between those white lines.”
Brief summary of current weekly training schedule:
Monday- Body weight circuit
Tuesday- Weight session/ Jumps session/ Tempo runs
Wednesday- Active recovery
Thursday-Jumps session/Speed session
Friday- Active recovery
Saturday- Gentle warm/ Activation
Anything strawberry flavoured, Muller rice, and steak
Least favourite foods:
Anything not strawberry flavoured, processed food, and cold sausage rolls
Impact products used:
Hydrate, Max Protein, Recovery, and Pro Elite
Favourite impact product and why:
Pro Elite is the latest product I have been using and I have to say as a young athlete you don’t only want a product that is batch tested and scientifically proven to enhance recovery but also great tasting. And with Pro Elite it ticks all the boxes for me and does what it says on the tin (tub).
Any training/nutrition tips for aspiring athletes reading this:
What we have to understand is that we are all different. What might work for one athlete may actually hinder the performance of another. Don’t be scared to be unique or try something new, because after all if you want something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done! And remember, there is absolutely no progress without struggle. So don’t let your struggles define you; let them fuel you.