By BEV JORDAN
There are 24 records that Nic Hough still holds at Hills District Little Athletics including age records in running, high jump, shot put, triple jump, long jump and, of course, hurdles.
The 27-year-old Baulkham Hills resident is due to compete in his first Olympics in the 110m hurdles this week. He did qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016 but injury a few months before the competition kept him away.
Hough has represented Australia at four world championships and two Commonwealth Games and captured a Bronze medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 achieving a personal best time.
The former King’s School Captain’s international debut came at the age of 16 at the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore, Hough won Gold in the 110m hurdles in a new personal best of 13.37 seconds to become the first-ever Youth Olympic Games hurdles champion. He followed this up in 2012 with silver at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
He continued his international development and in 2014 competed for Australia at the Commonwealth Games reaching the final.
He then competed at his home Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, claiming a bronze medal, and most recently competed at the 2019 Doha World Championships securing a semi-final spot. He is currently studying a combined degree of Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Laws at Sydney University.
Former Baulkham Hills resident and Hills Sports High student Brandon Starc is also representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, his second Olympics.