By Iva Wharton
The country’s number one long distance athlete Alika Morgan has big expectations for the new year.
In an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sports Morgan stated emphatically that she was not altogether pleased with her performances this year.
“I am not one hundred percent satisfied with my performances this year,” she said.
According to Morgan, she suffered a number of injuries throughout the year which prevented her from either competing or not being able to compete to the best of her ability.
“But I came back in the later part of the year and did fairly well”, Morgan said.
Asked about her expectations for 2013, Morgan said she is looking forward to competing in lots more North American championship along with her Caribbean and local meets.
Morgan competed in more than 10 races this year which included local and overseas most of which she won. Among them were the Suriname Bridge 10k, National Cross Country, Trinidad and Tobago Cross Country and the Run Barbados.
The Run Barbados was Morgan’s final competition for the year and she finished third in the 10K and second in the half marathon.
The 22-two year old said she was satisfied with her performance and promised to better it next year.
Meanwhile, Morgan for the fourth year distributed toys to children at the Convalescent home on Sunday. This initiative, according to Morgan, was started with her coach Leslie Black who thought it was wise that she give back to the less fortunate.
“Over the years a lot of people have helped me to get to where I am today and giving back to the less fortunate is just a way of me giving to those who don’t have. It is nice to see the children smiling when they collect their toys from me,” Morgan said.
Among those who have assisted her over the year are the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T), Trans Guyana Air, Mark Interior Communications, Director of Sports Neil Kumar, Payless, Andrew King and Guyenterprise Limited.