Caldow cool over sprint success
by: Reece Homfray
December 31, 2011
SA sprinter Jordan Caldow, regarded as one of the state's most promising athletes.
HE'S the happy-go-lucky teenage sprinter, who had to be convinced to start training at the age of 15.
Three years later, Jordan Caldow is one of the most exciting young athletes in the nation.
The son of a Jamaican father and Australian mother this week became just the fourth to win consecutive Bay Sheffield titles.
His coach at Grange Surf Life Saving Club, Peter Burdett, says he's "far and away" the best athlete of whom he has been in charge.
Despite his enormous potential, however, you will not hear either of them making brash predictions on the future. "He doesn't want to put pressure on himself by making big statements," Burdett said.
"He's quite emotional and thinks about things. At 18, he's still one of the kids in the group." The Grange squad produced the under-20 and junior Bay Sheffield winners.
Burdett said Caldow was quite small when he started at 15, but soon went "bang" and has kept growing every year.
In his first season, Caldow won the under-17 and open beach sprint state titles. Next year, he turned those into national crowns.
In 2010, he ran on a tartan athletics track for the first time and last month won the open 100m in 10.86 seconds and 200m in 22.30 - into a headwind - at the Adelaide Invitational at Santos Stadium.
Next year's goals are to qualify for the junior world championships by clocking 10.6 over 100m and defending his beach sprint titles.
"He hates losing," Burdett said. "We thought he had a chance to get through his (Bay Sheff) heat. When he made the final, I said `you can get this'. He just doesn't panic in a race."
Caldow is in Tasmania for tomorrow's Burnie Gift. And Burdett has not ruled out Stawell at Easter.