Keaan Van Venrooij

Keaan Van Venrooij is still a teenager throughout 2019 but take a look at his passport and you could be forgiven for thinking he is a seasoned international competitor. Over the last two years the world of modern pentathlon competition has taken him from Europe to Asia and most recently to South America.

The biggest competition so far for the youngster who hails from Parkwood in New South Wales has been the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

In the Argentinian capital, Van Venrooij started the competition with a strong swim placing 8th overall with a time of 2:06.93. In the fencing event he placed 24th which remained his overall place after crossing in 23rd for the Laser-Run.

 

Biography

  • Lives in Parkwood NSW
  • Youth Olympics: Buenos Aires 2018
  • Coached by Chris Wright (swimming), Chris Lewis (running), Paul Crook (fencing), Paul Haines (Gym), Adam Temesi (Head Coach) 
  • Trains on the Gold Coast

Career Highlights

  • Placing 24th 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Oceania Champion U19’s in 2017 – YOG Qualifier

 

Q&A

Sport beginningsI was 17, I started the sport because I was invited to try it by Adam Temesi and Eszter Hortobagyi with the hope and incentive of qualifying for YOG
Sporting heroRonaldo de Assis Moreira
Dream jobPhysiotherapy
If I were an animal, I would be A finger monkey
If I was stuck on a desert island with only 3 things, they would beBoat, Fuel and box full of snacks.
When I’m not training/competing, you can find meNapping or watching Netflix
If I tried a different Olympic sport, it would beFutsal/Soccer
I would spend my last $10 onFood

Recent Performances

16thYouth Olympic Games Qualifier 2018Gotemba, Japan2018
24thYouth Olympic Games 2018Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018
15th UIPM Youth World Championships U19 (YA) Team-Relay MixCaldas da Rainha, Portugal2018