From Childhood Dreams to Championships

27th June 2023 12:00 BST


Though he had a talent for many sports from a young age, Jake Robertson quickly learned that talent was just the start. Moving to Africa when he was just 17 years old, he began training with Olympic Athletes and World Champions.  

But his route to eventually taking part in some of the biggest sports championships in the world was far from smooth sailing. Come along to this webinar to hear Jake’s inspiring story, including: 

  • How he overcame the bullying he suffered in New Zealand from peers and teachers  
  • His courageous decision to move to Africa to pursue his dreams  
  • How his work ethic and determination helped him build consistency, believe in himself and achieve success at major sporting events  
  • How he continues to overcome challenges in the sport and give back to the community   

If you’re looking to get motivated for the next RigRun event, Jake will give you an insight into the mindset required to achieve sporting excellence and stay focused on your fitness goal. 


About the Speaker:
Moving to Iten, Kenya in 2007, Jake began running with Olympic/World Champions and World Record Holders. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he finished 9th in the 5,000m and 7th in the 10,000m. Jake was runner-up in the 2017 Great North Run, just 6 seconds behind Mo Farah, and took 1st place at the Houston Half Marathon and 3rd at the Lake Biwa Marathon, breaking the New Zealand record by 33 seconds. In 2018, he returned to the Commonwealth Games to take 5th place. With his wife Magdalyne, he runs a small guesthouse in Iten for foreign athletes or social runners to experience Kenya.


Accessing this Webinar:
Join the webinar on 27 June at 12:00 BST here. And if dodgy WiFi gets in the way of you enjoying one of the webinars live, don’t panic. You can watch a full recording of the session later in our archive.

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