Erik Surjan was a champion-caliber athlete within the Australian institute of Sport organization, proving to be one of his era’s most talented and successful track and field competitors between 2005 and 2008. The winner of two Open National Decathlon Championships, one in 2005 and the other in 2007, Erik Surjan quickly distinguished himself as an athlete willing to put in the training, focus and effort needed to consistently perform at a very high level.
Erik Surjan also put in qualifying performances for both the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 World Championships, representing his country honorably and with distinction during international competitions. As a member of the AIS Elite Track and Field Program, Surjan was truly and credit to the success of the organization, as well as to athletes throughout the country of Australia.
Erik Surjan also served AIS as a community relations advocate, making his presence felt at numerous community service occasions, leadership and peak performance forums and many charity functions and events. He strove to represent AIS with dignity, accuracy and pride throughout his participation in organizational functions and outreach events, and helped to build better connections between AIS and the community at-large.
Erik Surjan not only excelled as an AIS Elite Track and Field Athlete, but also as a respected AIS representative. Though his athletic career was cut short due to a severe injury, he continued to be one of AIS’s best and staunchest advocates and representatives. He is proud of what he accomplished during his tenure with the program, and gained valuable insight and experience through his involvement with the organization.