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Denny Morrison to host free training day Friday

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

August 15, 2013


Katie Maximick

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to train like an Olympic athlete, Fort St. John’s own Olympic speed skater Denny Morrison is going to be offering a free training session this Friday called ‘The Hardest Training Day of Your Life!’

Denny Morrison is offering a free training session to the public this Friday that will allow people aged 13 and up to experience a training day in the life of an Olympic speed skater.

When his multi-sport camp for this week was cancelled, Morrison (who is currently training for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games) wanted to make sure those who’d registered weren’t left out in the dark, so he thought up this one-day training session to make up for it.

“Part of the reason I put it on is the training camp that I’d planned fell through, and I felt bad for the people who had signed up and made plans to come to my camp, so I emailed them all personally and invited them out for a free day of training,” he said by phone on Tuesday.

“I felt bad and I wanted to give them the opportunity to come out.”

Morrison then eventually extended the invite to the Elks speed skating club, soccer players and then the general public.

The training session will be held outdoors, and aside from telling participants to bring water and come dressed appropriately for the weather, Morrison is keeping details of the training day behind closed doors.

“I’m leaving it a bit of a mystery for everyone,” he said. “I just need them to come prepared.”

“It’s basically a typical day of training in the life of Denny Morrison.”

Morrison is hoping to keep the general age group of the camp above 13, mostly because those attending should be willing to “listen, learn and challenge yourself as you go,” and if the group gets large, he is also asking that some parents attend to help him out.

Generally “it should be fun” but likely won’t be easy, especially if the group is training like a professional athlete.

“Expect to have to challenge yourself to challenge yourself,” Morrison said, adding that he’s looking forward to be back home for the first time in a while.

Those interested in taking part in The Hardest Training Day of Your Life! will be meeting in the parking lot in front of the Pomeroy Sport Centre for 8 a.m. and are reminded to bring water and weather-appropriate clothing.


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