Morris proves she belongs with the elite

CONCENTRATION: Nowra's Jaymii Morris sets herself during one of her squats at the weekend's Pro Raw Nine at the Arnolds in Melbourne.
CONCENTRATION: Nowra's Jaymii Morris sets herself during one of her squats at the weekend's Pro Raw Nine at the Arnolds in Melbourne.

SPORT is all about doing things you didn’t know you were able to do and that’s exactly what Nowra’s Jaymii Morris did at the weekend’s Pro Raw Nine at the Arnolds in Melbourne.

The 23-year-old finished sixth overall in Australia in the 75+ kgs category – an amazing achievement considering she has only been in the sport for a little more than 12 months.

“The competition was absolutely crazy,” Morris said.

‘Everybody ranged from different weights to ages, coming from places all around Australia and overseas. I have been following a lot of them for the past year through social media and it was just such an amazing experience to share the platform with such great athletes.”

During her event, Morris had to compete in the squat, bench and dead lift.

She easily lifted 165kg with her first squat and then 180kg with her second squat, but she missed her third attempt at 195kg.

In the bench, her first attempt has at 85kg, before equally her previous personal best (92.5kg) with her second attempt. She then set a new personal best (97.5kg) with her third attempt.

“I had the choice to do either 95 or 97.5kg and I chose to do 97.5 because of my failed lift on my third attempt squat,” Morris said.

“I knew I had to make up for lost numbers. It was such a grinder but I wasn’t gonna back down – I held everything as tight as I could until it was up.”

In the dead lift, Morris completed her first two attempts, 177.5 and 192.5kg, but failed on her third attempt of 202.5kg.

“I was disappointed I missed the third attempt because my current personal best is 200kg,” she said.

“At this stage of the day, I was feeling a little fatigued – but now I know what the weight feels like, I will smash it next time.

“I didn’t achieve my 500kg total that I was hoping for, but I’m okay with that.

“I gave it my all and I’m proud of myself for achieving such a massive goal.

“I didn’t think I would come this far, but it just shows that hard work does pay off, and now I’m even hungrier to reach that 500kg total.

“I went into this competition thinking I was going to come last. That didn’t bother me because I knew that all those people competing were the best of the best, and I thought surely I can’t be up to that standard already – but i proved myself wrong.”

Morris knows there is always room for improvement and her eyes are already set on the next competition, the  WRPF NSW titles on April 29 at the Central Coast

“I’ll never be satisfied – I’ll work hard to become even better and I will train as much as I need to, to achieve goals I set for myself,” she said.

“Next I would like to bench 100kg and squat 200kg and I know it’s a matter of when not if I’ll achieve that.”