Steven Hooker

Hooker enjoys Perth Indian Summer

Steve Hooker poses for a photo shoot in Perth, Australia (Getty Images)Steve Hooker poses for a photo shoot in Perth, Australia (Getty Images) © Copyright

Steve Hooker is heading to the beach twice a day. Perth’s Indian Summer is a good enough reason, but it is a perfect recovery session too.

“Perth this time of year is amazing - cool, fresh mornings and it gets up to about 30 (deg. C) during the day. I go to the beach twice a day between sessions for recovery. At this time of year the sun has still got a bit of kick in it, but the water’s cool and refreshing. It’s my favourite time of year in Perth, I love training over here at this time.

“I’m doing three training sessions a day most days, and around that I’m getting a lot of treatment and massage for the injury I’ve had. My week is very full at the moment with training and all the things associated with it.

“(After missing the Australian championships with a knee injury), I’ve been back in training for about five weeks. It’s been a solid block - a lot of running sessions and sessions in the gym. No technical sessions at all, just a real emphasis on getting my base level of fitness back up, getting fit and strong again after the indoor competition phase.

“The knee is still a bit of an issue, but it’s being managed. I’ve got in a good volume of training, which I needed to do, and the knee coped. Now I’m looking to start a bit of technical stuff and working on the poles, doing a lot of jumping and that sort of stuff.

“I’m always trying to refine what I do with my jump. I think it can always be done better and you can always find a bit of extra intensity, but I feel the most important thing for me at the moment is physically to get into good shape, to get my body into condition where it’s going to be able to get through three months of competition over the summer in Europe.

“The level I was performing indoors made me realise I’ve got an opportunity over the next six months to jump some more ‘pbs’, so I’ve really dived into the work pretty solidly. I feel like I’ve got a lot of momentum behind me and I really want to capitalize on that. I want to get myself into better shape than I was in the indoor season and hopefully that will mean a push up to higher heights.

“So far I haven’t got any confirmed outdoor competitions as yet. I’m looking to have my first competition at the start of July and doing four to five competitions leading into The World Championships.

“I want to compete generally with about 10 days between competitions and really treat every competition as being very important and try to get big heights in all of them.”

Steve