MORGAN Jason < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Jamaica   
Gender Men
Born 06 Oct 1982 in Kingston, JAM
Height1.91 m
Weight 136 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Daughter Jasonica, son Jason Jr.
Residence Ruston, LA, USA
Occupation Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages English
Higher education Psychology - Louisiana Tech University: Ruston, LA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried discus throw in 2000 in Jamaica.
Why this sport? "I was a 100m and 200m sprinter in high school, even winning a gold medal on the sprint medley team with the championship record. I gained some pounds that year and couldn't get it off. I was going to quit track and then I was called for field. My best friend [Jamaican decathlete] Maurice Smith forced me into throwing. I did not want to do it. He tried over and over, but he told me that girls like strong men who can throw, and that's what got my attention to give it a try. I became good at it immediately."
Name of coach Rob Gire [personal], USA; Mike Heimerman [personal], USA
General Interest
Nicknames Dadz [given to him at primary school because of his leadership skills]. (jamaica-gleaner.com, 12 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Believe in yourself." (throwholics.com, 13 Jan 2014)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (throwersuniteworldwide.com, 17 Jan 2016)
Other information PART-TIME OCCUPATION
Despite being a full-time athlete he has worked part-time at a children's home. "I love working with kids, to motivate and inspire them. They are the future." (throwersuniteworldwide.com, 17 Jan 2016)

COACH RETURN
In 2013 he began working with Rob Gire having not had a coach for seven years. Ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Gire wrote his training programme and he travelled to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, United States of America, once or twice a week to train with coach Mike Heimerman. "I used to ask strangers exercising in the area to record me with my phone. Then I would go home, study the day's videos, come back the next day and try to correct my technique." (throwholics.com, 22 Feb 2016; throwholics.com, 13 Jan 2014)

DUAL NATIONALITY
He is a dual citizen of Jamaica and United States of America. (jamaicaobserver.com, 26 Jul 2013)

OTHER STUDIES
Before moving to Louisiana Tech University, he studied at Central Arizona College in Coolidge, AZ, United States of America. (throwholics.com, 13 Jan 2014)