Russel Alexander Taib
"My ultimate goal is to go to the Olympics. I truly believe I can make this dream a reality with support, hard work, and a truly determined mind-set, to make the most of what I can be"
Russel Taib was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998. At the age of 3, the family and I moved to Hobart, Tasmania. My ultimate goal is to go to the Olympics. I truly believe I can make this dream a reality with support, hard work, and a truly determined mind-set, to make the most of what I can be.
“One of my biggest inspirations to succeed and do well in my future in all aspects of life is my family, no matter what we have gone through, I have always had their full support and continue to do so in good and bad times, and they will always have mine.
Partners and Supporters
No athlete can succeed, without a good support network around them. For the successes past, present and future a heartfelt thank you to all who have played a part in helping me. We are actively looking for opportunities to generate support for Russ’s athletics career. If you have any interest please feel free to contact us.
- Born April 1998
- Born in Malaysia, to Malaysian/English parents
- Living in Brisbane, Australia
- Represented Malaysia at the 1st Youth Asian Games
- And the Youth Commonwealth Games
- Won bronze medal in the 400m Youth Asian Games
- 8-time Australian Junior Champion
- Gold medalist in the 100m
- Gold medalist in the 200m
- Gold medalist in the 400m
- Gold medalist in the 4x100m relay
- The 4th Malaysian to run sub-21s in 200m
- Malaysian National Record holder 200m
World youth qualifying time 47.57 sec
PB 20.77 sec (NR)
PB 10.42 sec
With the global pandemic pushing major competitions back one year, the year 2022 will be a colossal year for athletes, with the World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and SEA Games all held in the same year across the globe. However, the global resilience and effort shown to deliver a safe Olympic Games recently has Read more about Pre-Season Update[…]
TeamTaib is mourning the passing of Neville Sillitoe (OAM) who passed away this week aged 96. In Russel’s words: “My athletics mentor for the past decade, Neville was the first person to encourage me to continue running, and would challenge me equally as he would guide me. Like so many others, Neville had a significant Read more about Neville Sillitoe: an appreciation[…]
Sydney, 12/04/2021 – 19/04/2021 This year’s championships feels to have special significance for athletes and administrators alike following the turbulence of 2020. For the athletes National Aussies and overseas athletes residing in Australia, and overseas participants alike it’s usually the final showdown of the Australian domestic season and coming 13 months after the domestic competition Read more about Australian Track & Field Champs[…]
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s top track-and-field athletes were provided a way to safely compete against each other in not just one but two separate competitions over the weekend with the Sydney Track Classic and the 124th Queensland Athletics Championships held at the same time. Given the dearth of competitions last year and prevailing difficult Read more about 124th Queensland Athletics Championships[…]
A chance to participate in the Queensland Athletics 2020-21 Hump Day Meet on 3/03/2021 for the men’s 200m gave a good opportunity for another run out before the Queensland State Championships next weekend. The meet was populated with a good mix of Queensland’s athletic clubs greats, and good upcomers with great potential using the event Read more about Gearing up for March Competitions[…]
A saudade atmosphere surrounding the first foray back into competition after a long 12 months absent of competitive events was finally banished as the Garry Brown Shield kicked off on Saturday 20th February 2021 at the Qld Sports & Athletics Centre. For the athletes longing and training hard for the absent chance to compete and Read more about Competition is back![…]
Normally at this time its pre-season preparation for Russel Taib, with the Australian domestic competition selection process becoming the targeted focus for training. However understandably this year continues to require further adaptation. Athletics Australia confirmed in September that eight National Championship events that were due to be held in 2020 have been cancelled due to Read more about Australian competition hiatus potentially looks to ease early 2021[…]
In May the Australian Prime Minister released a three-stage road map to guide Australia out of COVID-19 lockdowns across the state and territories, with a view to re-opening Australia. These stages to be instituted by each state and territory at a pace they deem relevant for their jurisdiction’s circumstance. For Russel Taib it was good Read more about Squad and track training returns for Russel[…]
Despite the deprivations of normal life activity under the current pandemic conditions we are all coping with – the changes in everyone’s normal routines and time demands has provided many with the chance to reflect on the past and the journey to the present. Russel Taib is pleased to be recently recognised in Athletics South’s Read more about Reflection: The importance of grassroots in sport[…]
As “lockdown” training continues we took some time to catch up with Russel’s strength and conditioning coach to talk about this particular aspect of the training regime and what effects the pandemic has had and the adaptations that have had to be made. Interview with TeamTaib and Aaron Turner Name: Aaron Turner Profession: Strength and Read more about Training continues under lockdown rules in Australia[…]