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Jason's Olympic money matters

IN A SPIN: Morgan

"I JUST stay positive because it’s all part of the journey to having great success.”

While Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are the names on everyone’s lips, there is another Jamaican athlete quietly bidding for a medal at London 2012.

Jason Morgan is striving for glory as the country’s top discus thrower. The married 29-year-old has been competing since 2000 and risen through the international ranks to become tenth in the world.

Morgan maintains a full-time job alongside his training, as he survives without financial help from the Jamaican Olympics Association or Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association.

He admits it can be a struggle but finds solace in his strong faith and the love from his family, he told the Voice of Sport: “It’s very difficult and really challenging. There are many days I feel like I can't do it.

"To do a full time job and then go to training right after, which takes a lot out of me many days. But that's when I pray hard and try to work harder while at practice.”

He added: “I have to motivate myself and constantly tell myself that great things are in store for me. I just stay positive because it’s all part of the journey to having great success.”

Somewhat surprisingly the seven-time national champion doesn’t feel any bitterness towards the organisations that have chosen not to make his fight for medals any easier.

“The lack of support for my funding from the athletic association is somewhat discouraging. It’s also frustrating.”

The father-of-two continued: “[They have] done great things; not for me but for the entire world of athletics [in Jamaica].

“I still smile and wave. I'm not asking to be rich from them. I am just simply seeking a little help. Because I have been doing this all alone. And I am broke.”

Becoming Jamaica’s first discus thrower to qualify for an Olympic Games adds pressure but Morgan can handle it.

“At age 19 I made a promise to my mother that I will be here [the Olympics] someday.

“Thank God I stayed strong and used all my will
power and determination to get here today.”


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