Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Hurdle Is Too Big for Olympic Hopeful; Nicholson Hopes He Is on Track for Future Games Glory JUNIOR ATHLETICS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Hurdle Is Too Big for Olympic Hopeful; Nicholson Hopes He Is on Track for Future Games Glory JUNIOR ATHLETICS

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OVERCOMING hurdles is what Jason Nicholson is all about - and the young athlete is determined to let nothing stand in the way of his Olympic dream, writes TONY HODGSON.

The 20-year-old Gateshead Harrier is already a fully-fledged Great Britain international, having represented his country on five occasions in the last three years.

He won a bronze medal at the 2016 European Youth Championships and was fifth in last year's World Under-20 Championships.

Now the Northumbria University student has his sights set on even more glory - on the biggest sporting stage of them all.

Ashington-based Nicholson said: "I want to compete at an Olympic Games, 100 per cent - that is the dream of every athlete and I am no different.

"It has been a fantastic experience hurdling for my country and I want more of that."

Nicholson has enjoyed considerable success since he took up the sport as as a 10-year-old.

In 2015 the 100 metres hurdler claimed the English Schools' and England Athletics Championships under-17 titles and was also crowned UK School Games champion.

He also lifted the Northern Championships' under-17 100 and 400 metres hurdles titles and was Northumberland county champion and record holder.

In 2017 Nicholson celebrated a senior boys' silver medal at the English Schools' Championship and last year finished a creditable fifth in the World Junior Championships' 100 metres hurdles.

He added: "I got into the sport 10 years ago after winning a race at my school sports day.

"I was very much your average athlete until things started to take off when I reached 16.

""I am really pleased with how my athletics career has gone since then and I just want keep getting better and keep competing on the big stages." This summer is very much a transitional period for Nicholson as he steps up to the demands of under-23 competition for the first time. …

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