Brett Morse ready to win Commonwealth Gold after nearly quitting the sport

Brett Morse ready to win Commonwealth Gold after nearly quitting the sport

DISCUS STAR: Brett Morse is going for gold at this year's Commonwealth Games

QUALITY: Brett Morse has battled back from nearly quitting the sport

EXPERIENCED: Brett Morse is hoping to build on his London Olympics experience

First published in Penarth sport

PENARTH discus sensation Brett Morse has Commonwealth gold in his sights after battling back from a rare bowel disease.

The 25-year-old will represent Wales in Glasgow this summer after a roller-coaster four years.

He has competed at an Olympic Games, reached a World Championships final and mounted a personal battle against rare colon condition ulcerative colitis.

Morse had struggled for form this season but rocketed back to the top of the British discuss rankings with a throw of 63.34 at the Capital Throws Discus Special on July 5.

He is now ready to bid for gold after his struggle with the rare bowel disease.

He said: “I need to go to the Commonwealth Games, do well and win a medal, hopefully gold

“After the Olympics I quit athletics because I was undecided what to do.

“I was so depressed about how everything went that year. I felt that I’d had enough of the sport.

“I don't want to be one of those guys who showed a lot of promise when they were young and then don’t perform in the seniors.”

The former St. Cyres pupil was ranked number one in the world at under-23 level but has struggled to reproduce that form at senior level.

But Morse is determined to complete his remarkable recovery on July 31 after out-throwing English rival Zane Duquemin at the Cardiff Throws event.

He said: “I would be very disappointed if I didn't throw 65 metres at the Games because it’s been in the tank for ages.

“I need to get my distances further at major Championships and now is the time to do that.

Morse is that much more focused after becoming a father for the first time last year and is ready to do his young family proud.

“I’m much more focused because I can’t mess about,” said Morse.

“If I do bad it could mean that my funding is cut, sponsorship could be gone and I obviously need to support my family.

“I’m completely on the ball and staying in good form.

“I want to break the British record, it’s very very good and if you break that you are world class.

“The Commonwealth Games are special because you only get to represent Wales once every four years.

“It’s amazing, my first international ever was for Wales so it brings back good memories every time I compete.

“It’s a good stepping stone of an event towards the Olympics in Rio in two years which I’m really hoping to go to.”


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