First B.C. then nationals

Simon Morrison will join many locals at the B.C. Summer Games in Nanaimo.

Simon Morrison is ready for the B.C. Summer Games

Simon Morrison is ready for the B.C. Summer Games

Simon Morrison, 15, is looking to bring the 200-meter hurdles gold home from the B.C. Summer Games.

Morrison, a student at Ballenas Secondary School, has been training in the 200-meter hurdles for the last two years and is looking forward to the games.

“I’ve been training real hard for it,” Morrison said. “It’s a fast paced raced and it’s a lot of fun. I like the 200-meter better than the 100-meter because it’s a long distance and the guys that run in the 100-meter aren’t prepared for that final 100 meters, so catching them is always a bonus.”

After the B.C. Summer Games, Morrison will be looking to training for the nationals, where he will compete in the 300-meter hurdles in August. He’ll continue his training four days a week and look to build up for the extra distance himself.

“We’ll be doing lots of cardio, lots of running,” Morrison said. “Eating healthy and making sure I’m keeping my focus is a big thing. We don’t do so much weight training right now but next year we’ll be getting in to that too.”

The games run July 17-20 in Nanaimo, with opening ceremonies Thursday evening (July 17).