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Darius Eshete

Australia

SportSpeed Skating
NOCAustralia
Born17 Aug 1984
GenderMen
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
OccupationAthlete, Personal Trainer
LanguagesEnglish
Higher educationExercise Science, Sports Physiology - Edith Cowan University: Perth, WA, AUS
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.48 30 Nov 2018 Calgary  
    1000m 1:17.89 08 Nov 2019 Calgary  
    1500m 1:57.12 10 Nov 2019 Calgary  
    5000m 6:59.50 04 Jan 2020 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/dariuseshete/  
twitter.com/D_eshete  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamWestern Flames Ice Racing Club: Perth, WA, AUS  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began speed skating at age 29.  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe said he spent seven weeks in hospital at age nine after being involved in a car accident that resulted in compound fractures to his leg and arm, and a concussion that saw him placed in an induced coma. (Instagram profile, 11 Nov 2019)  
AmbitionsTo compete at World Cup level and at the Olympic Winter Games. (Instagram profile, 11 Nov 2019)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Work to earn every moment, then own it." (sait.ca, 01 Jan 2019)  
Other informationLATE STARTER
He decided to take up speed skating at age 29. In late 2019 he encountered training difficulties and said it had not been an easy journey for him balancing working and skating. "Five and a half years ago [2014] I decided I wanted to go to World Cups and have a shot maybe at Olympics [by] starting speed skating at [age] 29 going on 30. Trying to make ends meet, driving an 800-dollar car, not being able to see my mother, sister and other family and mates who have supported me through thick and thin. Everybody moves on with life, family, kids etc. [while] I'm still doing circles on ice. Then this season [2019/20], not having a training group and also having some training options dissolve and not being fast enough for another. I elected to train alone instead and then train short track with a group once per week. Seemed it could mean the beginning of the end." (Instagram profile, 11 Nov 2019)

FROM AUSTRALIA TO CANADA
He has travelled regularly between Australia and Canada, and gained permanent residence in Canada in May 2019. He said the process took two years and was difficult, including more than a year where he was unable to work legally and had to volunteer in order to maintain his professional contacts. "Now why am I in Canada? Oh yeah, that skating thing. So now, with access to medical health cover, I can actually see a doctor, dentist when I need to, see a physio regularly and be able to fund the ultimate goal of [speed skating at major events]. Times have certainly been challenging to say the least, and I was going to throw the towel in many times." (Instagram profile, 28 May 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a bachelor of science in exercise physiology at Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA, Australia, he completed post-graduate studies in the same study area in 2009. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2019)

OCCUPATION
Prior to completing his university education he worked as a personal trainer and a tennis coach. Since graduating, he has worked as an exercise physiologist for organisations as well as for private individuals, in both Canada and Australia. He has also worked as a personal trainer in both nations. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2019)
 
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