Steven Hooker

More awards, and tax time for Steven Hooker

Steven Hooker of Australia celebrates a clearance at 5.90m to win the men's Pole Vault final (Getty Images)Steven Hooker of Australia celebrates a clearance at 5.90m to win the men's Pole Vault final (Getty Images) © Copyright
The accolades keep rolling in for Steve Hooker, the most recent ‘The Don Award’, a trophy for Australia’s most inspirational sporting achievement, named after Sir Donald Bradman, the peerless cricket batter widely considered Australia’s greatest ever sportsman. That aside, Hooker’s just trying to get his life back in order after four months on the road.

"‘The Don’ is a special award. The night is amazing with the legends of Australian sport there in the room with you. Being recognised in front of that group is fantastic in itself, but also there’s the significance of Sir Donald Bradman, not only for what he did on the sporting field but for his reputation and the way he held himself. That’s what he is remembered for.

"I felt a little like a schoolkid among all those people - there are definitely moments when you’re star-struck. One good thing is that I’ve known a lot of them since I was a kid. I’ve known John Landy for a very long time. It’s just like seeing old friends when I see those guys. (Cricketer) Shane Warne is one of my favourite all-time Australian sportspeople, so it was special being presented with the award on the night he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

"That aside, it’s been a break since Berlin. I went to the US and Spain, and that was a lot of fun, but other than that it’s been pretty low key. I just enjoy getting back to Australia and catching up with family and friends back here. I was away four months this year so it’s just good to get home and catch up on the normal things.

"One thing I don’t like doing, but I have to, is my tax. I hate it, but it’s the time of year when it has to be done.

"That’s what it’s like when you’ve been away four months, you’ve just got to get your life back in order, there’s a lot of little things to do. I’m almost done, tax is the last thing.

"I’ve just started training again and I’m as keen and hungry as ever. Every time after a break I’m always eager to get back into training, back into pole vaulting. The day I don’t have that feeling will be the time to give it away, but it definitely hasn’t happened yet.

"Alex (Parnov) and I have just started talking about next year. Nothing is set in stone yet, we’re just going through the options. It’s got the potential to be a very long season with all the Diamond League events, so we’re just thinking of what we want to do and the best way of getting through a season that long, because it’s not something I’ve done before.

"There is no major world championship. Obviously, there’s the Commonwealth Games, but that comes right at the end of the year, so it’ll be a different approach to previous seasons.

"I’ll compete here (in Australia), and I’d like to do the world indoor championships as well. They’re the two main priorities this Australian summer.

Steven