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Rising from the ashes

NEW CALLING: Former rugby league coach Carl Jennings has found a new purpose after saving his neighbour from her burning home. Picture: Isabella LettiniLooking at the burning home, Carl Jennings heard two screams he will never forget.
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One was his neighbour, trapped on the second floor, andthe other was his wifebegging him not to go in.

“The house was exploding, it was just unbelievable.I turned around, took a last look at my wife just in case, and I went in,” he said.

“It was a spur of the moment thingthat changed my life completely.”

It had been a normal Friday night for the newlyappointed New Zealand Warriors head of athletic development. Mr Jennings’ high flying career had taken him from his home town in northern Englandto Canberra, Sydney and now Auckland.

The former British shot put champion had made a careerworking with elite athletes. He taught them how to improvenot only their physical strengthbut also their mental resilience; how to perform under intense pressure.

“Unbeknown to me I was utilising those same skills,so I was really calm,” Mr Jennings said. “Things seemed to slow down.”

He made it up two flights of stairs and found his neighbour, dragging her back down to the garage where two more men helped them out of the house moments before it “literally exploded”.

“If I hadn’t haven been as quick, if my mind wasn’t as clear, I’m pretty confident I wouldn’t be having this conversation now.”

The split-second decision in November 2012 saw Mr Jennings awarded a New Zealand Bravery Medal last week.

He said he was “humbled and honoured” to be recognised among the other recipientsbut still haunted by his decision, which ultimately tookhim away from the world of elite sport.

“I’d dragged my wife and my kids around the world.My career was everything to me, and I think it just made me take stock and reevaluate myself,” he said.

“I felt like I needed to focus more on my family and get my family back home to Sydney and give them a bit more stability.”

Looking at his skill set, Mr Jennings realised there was a lack of elite strength and conditioning training for young, aspiring athletes.

After moving back to western Sydneyhe worked with a friend to open Super 6 High Performance in Eastern Creek. In less than 12 monthsthe business has worked with 200 young athletes at clubs like Blacktown City FC.

He hopes that even if they don’t become elite athletes, his training will give them confidence and life skills.

“I really felt thatthat was one of the reasons why I survived, to give back. That’s why I do what I do and it almost gives purpose to that traumatic event,” Mr Jennings said.

“I truly am passionate about changing young people’s lives and giving them the best chance possible.”

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