PENARTH’S discus star Brett Morse is going for gold at this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games and said he would be “massively disappointed” if he didn’t come home with a medal.
The former Stanwell School pupil, who also featured in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and 2012 Olympic Games in London, had his place confirmed as part of a 33-strong athletics team last week.
The Welsh record holder and five-time winner of the Welsh senior discus title, Brett is one of Wales’ leading hopes for a medal at the Commonwealth Games.
His best throw of 66.84m is a Welsh record and puts him second on the UK all-time list.
Brett, 25, said that even though he had repeatedly hit all the qualifying distances it still came as a “massive relief” to be named in the team.
He has prepared for the competition with training camps in Arizona and Portugal earlier this year, as well as competing in the Doha Diamond League fixture and IAAF Golden Gala in Rome last week.
He said that the facilities in Arizona were “unbelievable” and that he was given the chance to work out in an NFL weights gym.
“I learnt a lot when I was there and it was very beneficial,” he said.
He added that his competitions hadn’t gone quite right so far this season, but that he was hoping to peak at the Commonwealth Games and then the European Championships shortly afterwards.
He added that he had built up his experience from competing in the Delhi Commonwealth Games (6th), London Olympics (16th) and European Championships (11th), and that he was now hoping to win silverware in future competitions.
“There’s a lot of things I have learnt from Delhi as it was the first time I went away as a professional athlete and I made a few mistakes,” he said.
“I didn’t make them again at the Olympics and I won’t in Glasgow either.”
He added: “If I don’t come home with a medal I will be massively disappointed.
“Every athlete wants to win, and there are about four of five athletes that could win this year, but if I don’t win anything I will be very disappointed.”
He added that by competing in the Diamond League this season he had grown used to being in a “world class and professional environment” and that he was on course to peak at the Rio Olympics in two years time.
“Delhi and London were experience games as I was unlikely to win because I’m still very young for a discus thrower at 25, but in Rio I will be hoping to use that experience to step up and win a medal.”
Scott Simpson, National Performance Coach, Welsh Athletics, said: “I have been stunned by the response of the Welsh athletes to the impending Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – their performance levels over recent weeks have sky-rocketed.
“We have selected one of the largest ever athletics contingents; something that truly reflects the strength and depth of the sport in Wales at this point in time. My congratulations go out to all those athletes, and their coaches, who have worked so hard over the last four years to achieve this selection.”
Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, the organisation responsible for selecting and sending a team to compete for Wales, said:
“Athletics is always one of the sports that draws the crowds at the Commonwealth Games and we’re delighted to have been able to select a really strong team. There is a great mixture of experienced athletes and debutants in the team which always makes things exciting to watch. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the athletes that have are now part of Team Wales and wish you the best of luck with your final preparations for the Games.”