London 2012 discus thrower Brett Morse (above) will head the entries in what promises to be the best discus competition the Channel Islands has ever seen.
His fellow Great Britain thrower, Jersey’s Zane Duquemin, has helped in co-ordinating the competition and will himself be in action. Duquemin represented Great Britain as recently as June this summer where he placed 5th in the European Team Championships in Lille.
Morse not only represented his country at the Olympic Games in 2012 but went on to compete at the IAAF World Championships in 2013 and the Commonwealth Games in 2014 where he was 5th.
Morse currently sits 3rd in the UK rankings for 2017 – behind Nicholas Percy and Duquemin – but he sits 2nd on the UK all-time list behind Lawrence Okoye who opted to switch to American Football back in 2013.
Morse and Duquemin won’t just headline a men’s competition but will take part in a mixed discus contest – a first for a competition of this standard. The women will be announced soon but event organiser Tom Druce is expecting to see two discus all-comers’ records fall rather than just the one. “Locally we often see girls and boys, men and women throwing together because obviously we don’t have the numbers to hold the competition separately. These discus throwers won’t have thrown in mixed competitions since they were kids and I think the presence of really competitive men and women will make for some great performances as they feed off each others’ energy.”
The current all-comers’ records stand at 56.65m for the men, and 45.26m for the women. They are held by former British international Emeka Udechuku and Jersey’s Lauren Therin respectively.
The Intertrust Athletics Games will take place at 2:30pm on Saturday 2nd September and is the island’s premier track & field competition. Further headline names including other British internationals will be announced soon.