Basil ran the first leg for Australia at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens in the 4x100 relay with Paul Di Bella, Patrick Johnson and Josh Ross. The team qualified for the final and finished sixth, the first time an Australian men’s team made an Olympic Final.
It’s full circle for Basil, who was a product of the highly regarded VIS Athletics Program between 1994 and 2008, which has a proud history of producing world class athletes including Catherine Freeman and Steve Moneghetti.
He’s since still been involved in elite sport, transferring the skills and knowledge he acquired as an athlete into high performance training across a range of professional sports.
Having been at the VIS for nearly two years now, when asked if Basil could give his younger self some advice it was all about learning and implementing the one-percenters.
“I would tell my younger self to aim for a high level of training consistency, make every session another opportunity to get better and improve my craft and event specific skills. Learn the important value and benefit that sleep and nutrition plays in performance and recovery, especially between training sessions.”