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born in Euroa, a small country town in North Eastern Victoria.
He has an older brother Peter and two sisters, Sharon 2 years
older and Kylie 5 years younger.
Brett’s sports participation started at a very young
age typical of most country kids playing junior cricket and
football. Living next door to an Olympic swimming pool also
saw Brett develop a love for water and water sports. "Brett
was blessed with natural talent for ball sports involving
hand eye co-ordination and showed great stamina however was
never very fast when it came to running", says his mother.
He attended primary school in Euroa and secondary school
in Benalla, a 50-minute bus trip from home. He continued to
participate in all sports through his school years.
His major influence on sport and life in general was his “Uncle”
Tom Watson, although at the time was not aware of the mentoring
that was happening. Tom travelled from Melbourne countless
times a years for all of Brett’s life while living in
Euroa. He spent incalculable hours coaching and refining many
of Brett’s sporting skills. Focusing on cricket, football
and tennis. Brett recounts the times Tom used to run from
Euroa to Longwood a 16 mile trip and was amazed by his endurance,
Tom’s love, nurturing, physical strength and endurance
was an inspiration to Brett from a young age and still is.
Finishing secondary school and focusing on electronics, Brett
was successful at getting an apprenticeship with the department
of defence, in the electronics section, this meant Brett had
to leave home and move to Melbourne, a huge move for a country
kid at age 17.
Brett’s uncle, Ken Duff was responsible for him gaining
his apprenticeship and also providing opportunities later
to continue his sporting career in Melbourne. He moved to
Melbourne and lived with his grandmother and brother for a
couple of years before moving out to live with his best mates
family. For a few years he travelled back to Euroa on weekends
to play cricket and football before suffering an ankle injury
that finished his football career.
Brett married Robyn in 1989 and has 3 children, Sarah, Thomas
Brett and Robyn love water sports, participating in water
skiing, wind surfing and Triathlons. The children also love
the water, running and riding their bikes.
Over the following few years Brett continued to play cricket
at a high level for Altona and then later with Coburg in the
sub-district cricket association, winning these awards:
- WJ Price 2nd XI VSDCA Player of the Year in season 94/95
- 2nd XI batting average in seasons 93/94, 94/95 and 96/97
- 2nd XI bowling average in season 94/95 and 98/99
- Arthur Marcy award in seasons 94/95 and 96/97
- 1st XI club champion in season 97/98
Brett also played cricket in Ireland for 2 years in seasons
95 and 96. Brett is a very handy golfer with a 12 handicap
and plays whenever time permits.
Brett’s running really only started in his late 30s
when he entered the Olympic Dream 10K fun run in 2000. Inspired
by his Uncle Tom who had completed 10 successive Olympic Dreams
he hopes to replicate his uncle's achievement and perhaps
more. Brett’s fitness level varied over the following
seven years with mixed results. However in 2005 Brett’s
fitness had declined and his health was suffering. He made
a decision to do something about it.
Through lots of dedicated training, race events and inspiration
from his Uncle Tom, sister’s Kylie and Sharon and some
inspirational reading in Dean Karnazes' book, Ultra Marathon
Man, Brett has been able to complete many events over distances
ranging from 10K to 100K.
Through his new found passion for running and new lease on
life Brett is now embarking on an Ultra Endurance Marathon
of 162Km to be completed in 24 hours. Brett has had an overwhelming
desire to make the run a fundraiser for CanTeen, 'the organisation
for young people living with cancer'.
Brett gets amazing inspiration from these young people and
others like them. They take on the challenges in their lives
and through Brett’s challenge he hopes to raise much
needed funds to help support CanTeen programs.
Brett now feels at full strength and health having lost 30kg
and praises God for that, he hopes that through this ultra
endurance event others will benefit and also have improved
Name – Brett Saxon
Nickname – Anglo or Sax
Born – 11th October 1965
Where – Euroa, Victoria
Sports and Hobbies
Running, Triathlons, Golf, Photography and TV
Really good roast anything, custard with any desert
Gatorade, wine – not together
Good Oldies, 60s 70s 80s
Most influential Person
“Uncle” Tom Watson
Mick Doohan – 500cc Motor cycle champion
Dean Karnazes – Ultra Marathon Man
Company Director, Project Manager
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