Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Noffke Aims to Keep Fresh; Long Jumper to Avoid the Trainingfatigue That Spoiled Delhi Efforts

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Noffke Aims to Keep Fresh; Long Jumper to Avoid the Trainingfatigue That Spoiled Delhi Efforts

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Byline: TRAVIS MEYN and AAP

ATHLETICS: Relaxing is one thing long jump star Chris Noffke knows how to do well.

As far as elite athletes go, they don't come much more laidback than the Doonan product.

And it's that approach to life that Noffke is hoping will take him to the London Olympics next year.

Noffke, 23, who begins his season tonight at the Brisbane Athletics Classic, said he was taking a different approach to his career this season, after finishing a disappointing sixth at the Commonwealth Games last October.

C[pounds sterling]Last year was always going to be difficult because it (the season) was so long,C[yen] he told the Daily yesterday.

C[pounds sterling]I guess for me, it's just being more consistent in my recovery and taking the time to chill out is most important for me.

C[pounds sterling]If I'm doing that I'll be nice and fresh. I tended to be flat for my competitions last year, after trying to do too much.

C[pounds sterling]I want to have the confidence to trust in my training and keep the balance in it all.C[yen]

Noffke recorded a best jump of 7.68m in the final at Delhi, well below his personal best of 8.33m.

After the final he said, C[pounds sterling]I didn't have any mojoC[yen] following a hectic season around the world.

C[pounds sterling]After a big year last year I had a month-and-a-half off and took things slowly,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]I think I'm a bit more efficient now and better with my training.

C[pounds sterling]I'm trying not to kill myself as much. Just to have fun rather than work my butt off, which isn't really quality training.C[yen]

Following tonight's meet, Noffke will head south for the Melbourne Grand Prix on March 3 and the Sydney equivalent on the 19th.

He's off to Perth for two weeks after that in preparation for the Australian championships in April. …

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