Today we caught up with James Nipperess – one of our ACT Rehab Consultants – who on Friday will be competing in the 3000m Steeple Chase in the Commonwealth Games.

We had a great discussion with James around his work/life balance and just how he manages his career as an elite athlete whilst kicking constant goals for the Procare Group.

What is the secret to managing a full time job and training for the Commonwealth Games?

“Definitely prioritising and having a very clear set diary. That’s very important when you’ve got to wake up early, train, know when your meetings are, have everything planned out in advance, train again in the afternoon, go to uni at night, and repeat.”

How has Procare supported your needs as an elite athlete?

Mark Southwell in particular has been unbelievable. He has allowed me to take ownership of my appointments and I value that he trusts me to get the work done. I have repaid Procare by always striving to exceed my target outcomes.

They have been really good by being flexible on a day to day basis but also month to month in allowing me to take leave while I’ve got events like the Games on now. Sport is a really important part of my life and it’s been great to have the support of not only Southy, but the directors and Damian McHugh as well.

It’s awesome that they take an interest in things that are outside of your work performance.”

What is your most memorable moment on the track?

“To be honest, winning the national titles to get me into these games has been the highlight of my career so far. I wasn’t really favoured to win, there were guys in better form, but I just put it together and executed well on the day and that’s what I’ll be trying to do on Friday – just trying to run a similar race. Start out steady and roll home, leaving nothing out on the track.”

What’s next for James Nipperess?

“I’ll have a week or two of training once a day instead of twice, and I’ll just take it very easy for those couple of weeks. But I want to run the City 2 Surf again in August and try and make the podium there. I was one spot away last year and so I’d like to improve on that position.

And of course, I’ll be going back to work 5 days a week next Tuesday, and eventually back into the normal training routine. That routine will hopefully in the long term see me represent Australia again. I really want to make my first Olympic team in Tokyo in 2020. That’s what I’ll be gunning for.”

Thanks for your time James

Procare would like say a huge GOOD LUCK to James for his upcoming race and look forward to seeing him next week around the office, where we are sure he will be in receipt of more than a few pats on the back!