Steve Hooker

Athletics

Australia’s greatest ever field athlete. A gold medallist at all five major world athletics titles – the Olympic Games, IAAF World Championships, Commonwealth Games, World Indoor Championships and IAAF Continental Cup.

Bio

Steve Hooker has a longstanding management agreement with The Sports Group.

One of the stars of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Steve Hooker became the first Australian field athlete to win Olympic gold in 60 years, and the first Australian athletics Olympic champion since Cathy Freeman in 2000. Hooker’s win in Beijing was also the first for an Australian in that event.

In dramatic circumstances, Hooker twice cleared clutch jumps on his third attempt in the final, before clinching the gold medal with yet another third attempt clearance at 5.90m. With the gold medal secure, he went on to break the Olympic record with another third and final heart-stopping attempt at 5.96m.

Hooker continued his phenomenal run in 2009 by claiming gold in the Men’s pole vault at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin. That win was even more significant considering Hooker had courageously battled injury right up until he leapt for gold, after tearing his thigh muscle in training 12 days prior to the final.

It was that same year which saw Hooker record his biggest ever jump in a competition in Boston at 6.06m – and in so doing, became pole vaulting’s second highest jumper in history.

In 2010, Hooker continued his dominance of the sport with victory in the three major meets of the season – the World Indoor Championships, IAAF Continental Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

In 2012, Steve Hooker qualified for his third Olympic Games – a magnificent achievement. given the World and Olympic champion had battled injuries and confidence issues through the preceding seasons. Whilst he wasn’t able to repeat his Beijing heroics, there was a good deal of personal satisfaction in the result for the tough road he had travelled to get there.

Hooker’s star has continued to rise since his retirement from competitive sport. He is the founding Director of athletics management firm, Aurum Sports Group, and he is also employed as a Development Manager for Stockland.

Steve Hooker is a brilliant speaker. His life story is an inspirational one and his confident, humorous delivery is always well received by audiences. He was such a phenomenally successful athlete in his sport, and for a period of time, almost unbeatable, securing every major international athletics title.

Hooker is a highly regarded media commentatory, having served as the Track and Field specialist for Network Ten’s coverage of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

He is a revered athlete within the broader sporting fraternity. In 2009 he won ‘The Don’ award at the Australian Sports Awards, and in 2012 he was elected as a member of the AOC Athlete’s Commission.

Achievements

Gold – 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Doha
Gold – 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, Poland
Gold – 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games
Gold – 2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships, Berlin
Gold – 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Gold – 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games
Voted AOC Athlete’s Commission member

Info

Nationality: Australian
DOB: 16 July 1982
Age: 35
Height: 187cm
Sport: Pole Vault
Resides: Perth, WA

Awards

2010 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Nominee
2010 GQ Sportsman of the Year
2009 Recipient of ‘The Don’ award
2009 IAA Male Athlete of the Year Nominee