Brisbane Boys’ College vice-captain Patrick Thygesen earns praise from his private athletics coach, Olympian Lizel Moore

Brisbane Boys’ College vice-captain Patrick Thygesen would make a good juggler under a big top, so proficient is he at successfully training for four sports and studying.

Thygesen’s athletics coach Lizel Moore said the teen’s ability to mix athletics, soccer, cricket and touch football while maintaining his study commitments was a credit to him.

“Patrick trains hard but the volume and frequency of his training sessions are restricted by his talent and love for other sports,’’ Moore said.

Patrick juggles at least two other sports on top of his running training.

“He plays football (BBC Firsts), touch football and cricket at a high level, with both school and club commitments.

“For example, he competes in the Queensland touch competition every year only a week before the state cross country championships.

“He is also very academic and hopes to study engineering at university.’’

Late last year the western suburbs resident was third in the under 18 steeplechase at the state titles held in Cairns.

That result fuelled his inspiration to train hard ahead of April’s nationals where he competed in the 3km, steeplechase and1500m. He is the reigning Oceania champion for steeplechase.

Thygesen then hopes to secure a running scholarship to America.

“Patrick has been on the podium at states and nationals since he was 10,’’ said Moore, a Sydney 2000 Olympian.

“Patrick’s results are impressive and even more so when weighed against his training workload.’’

Article: Brisbane Boys’ College vice-captain Patrick Thygesen earns praise from his private athletics coach, Olympian Lizel Moore
By Andrew Dawson
Westside News
January 23, 2019