As the 100th Welsh Senior Championships edges closer, we take a look at the career to date of Olympic discus thrower and 9-times Welsh Champion Brett Morse.
Brett first competed at the Welsh championships in 2006 aged just 17, still very much a novice in the sport and at a point where he was undecided as to whether his future lay within athletics or rugby.
“I only took up athletics to get days off school” he admits, “but this event was the first competition that felt big, my own mini Olympic Games.”
Brett finished 4th in the competition; the top Welsh man and took home his first senior title.
Since then Brett has gone on to make great strides, quickly becoming the best junior athlete in Britain, breaking many records along the way.
Aged just 21, Brett qualified for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi finishing in sixth place with a throw of 58.91.
Ranked top 2 in the World in the under 23 age group for 2 consecutive years, Brett became the youngest athlete in discus history to make a World Championship final at senior level.
In 2012 Brett competed at the European Championships and the London Olympic Games representing Team GB. In 2013 Brett became British Champion again and finished the season ranked 8th in the World – having thrown a personal best that still stands today of 66.84.
In 2014 Brett returned to the Commonwealth Games, this time in Glasgow bettering his 2010 standing to finish fifth for Team Wales with a throw of 60.48.
Finishing 2016 ranked 2nd in the UK and currently sitting third in the rankings, Brett will be looking to shine at this year’s Welsh Senior Championships.
“In total I have won 9 senior titles so 2017 will be a big one for me to hopefully take my 10 Welsh senior discus title, I have also taken 3 senior shot titles in my younger days. My personal best was thrown at a Welsh championships and that year I finished ranked 8th in the world so all in all my experiences at the championships have been great!
It is always an honour to compete in front of my friends and family and when I retire I will look back at the Welsh championships as some of my fondest memories within the sport!”