Having already won Championships as a Junior, Morgan Lake is starting up a great career in athletics, achieving a personal best in the individual high jump at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Earlier this year, we caught up with Morgan to find out about the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, the Smash Helsinki event and a typical competition day.
Have you always been interested in athletics?
I can’t recall a time where athletics hasn’t been a big part of my life. The first live sporting event I watched was the Grand Prix at Crystal Palace before my first birthday! So it’s definitely been a life-long interest.
Is athletics something you do full-time?
I’m studying for a psychology degree at Loughborough University, whilst also training as an athlete.
Were there any other sports you considered doing?
I really enjoyed swimming and netball growing up, but I would always go back to the athletics track.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?
Winning a Double Gold at the World Junior Championships, as it was my first major medal.
What’s the highest that you have jumped?
How did you feel finding out you had made the team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia?
I was over the moon and delighted to be selected. Getting to travel to Australia and visit a beautiful country, and be able to compete in a sport and an event I love, it’s all pretty special.
How will you prepare for this, and is it always more difficult competing in hotter countries?
It is going to be difficult, as my current focus and training is geared towards my indoor season, but hopefully when I depart for Australia this month, I will be able to acclimatise and get ready to jump outdoors relatively quickly. It will be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.
The World Championships were held in London, how is it competing in your own country?
Competing at the Olympic Stadium after being there as a spectator in 2012 was amazing. The support from such a knowledgeable home crowd made it all the more special!
Did you get to watch Usain Bolt and Mo Farah’s final race?
I did get to watch them but was watching from our team hotel, as I believe I was competing the next day. It’s always inspiring to watch Mo and Usain compete, they make it look easy and it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication they have put into their events.
What would a typical competition day be for you?
Hopefully have had a good night’s sleep, get a decent breakfast of porridge, bananas and a black coffee. Normally try and get to the track two hours before my competition, so if it’s an evening meet, I’ll try and have an afternoon nap. When I get to the track, I have a set warm-up routine, making sure I’m bouncy and agile, and then it’s GO time.
Did you enjoy appearing on A Question of Sport?
I have always watched A Question of Sport, I love Sue Barker (who was so nice when we met) and when I had a chance to go on the show I jumped (no pun intended) at it. I was initially concerned that I’d get all the questions wrong, but luckily I think I did alright (despite being on the losing team) and I hope I get the chance to go on the show again somewhere down the line.
How was the Smash Helsinki event?
Being supported by PwC, I got the chance to visit the event Smash in late 2017 and it’s incredible to see the other side of sport, and the great technologies and advancements that these companies are doing in the world of sport. It was a lot to take in, but it was great to be there and experience something different.
Are you looking ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?
Not really as I like to focus on the here and now. Obviously I know it’s there and would love to be going, but I’ve got some major competitions to get to in 2018, so that’s my focus for now.
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