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Humans of Mosman: Jack McPhee

“I’m Jack from Jack’s Jumping Joeys. I’ve lived in Mosman for 10 years since I was eleven. I love the people, the atmosphere, the beach… everything about it.

I’ve been involved in sport and fitness my whole life and have a huge passion and love for it. When I left school, I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career. So, I started Jack’s Jumping Joeys (JJJ) about two years ago. We do 45-minute running programs for kids before school, with the coach walking the kids to school safely at the end of the class. From one class of eight kids initially with Mosman Public, we’ve been so lucky to see JJJ grow to over 130 kids in the program across ten local public schools.

I also coach 23 state athletes and six national level athletes who have progressed from JJJ and are in the Academy squad. Working with children is so rewarding, and no single day at work is the same. Knowing that my job is to help kids achieve their full potential by helping them feel happier and better about themselves is awesome! All kids should do some sort of exercise before school as it is not only a great way to start the day and feel better, but it has also been scientifically proven to improve focus and academic results.

I have been very fortunate to grow up in a supportive family and be involved in great sporting clubs which have encouraged and pushed me to go after my goals and do what I love. Now I want to help other kids build a positive mindset, desire, determination and drive to achieve their goals. I’m involved in a number of the local sporting clubs such as the Balmoral Triathlon Club, Beach Club, Spit swimming Club and Ezyswim Club which all have great people and an awesome supportive atmosphere around it. In 2017 I placed second in the 18-24 year category in the Australia Ironman (3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run) and also recently competed for Australia in the short course triathlon World Championships in Queensland. My next race is New Zealand Ironman (Taupo) in March where I hope to get a spot to the Ironman World Champs in Kona.

My experience has taught me the importance of a positive mentality, in sport and in life. I love the quote “If you believe it, you can achieve it”, by Ronnie Lott. All the amazing kids around me prove this and I can’t wait to see what they can continue to achieve.”