Signet: What's your current time, and how far away is that from the Australian record?
Morgan: My current personal best is 2:00.06. That is half a second from where I want to be in the early stages and just over one full second away from the Australian record. We want to get a few Olympic qualifies early just to get the ball rolling. If things go well, and there are no interruptions, I think we can get the record at nationals.
Signet: Is there an Olympian that you look up to?
Morgan: I loved gymnastics as a kid so I'd say Nadia Comaneci. She scored the first perfect ten ever in gymnastics at an Olympic event in 1976. I wasn't even born, but once I found out who she was, I was like, you are absolutely amazing! Growing up, I looked up to people like Cathy Freeman. What she stands for and what she represents is just amazing, and the fact that she is the 6th fastest woman in history just blows my mind.
Signet: You're currently in family living rooms all around the world as part of the Netflix documentary "Game Changers". What was it like being a part of the film?
Morgan: We shot it in L.A in September in late 2016, and it took a long time for the movie to come out because all of these really good vegan athletes were coming out like Novak Djokovic, the Williams sisters and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The producers kept it low key, to the point where I started thinking this is definitely a miss because it was mid-2018 and nothing had really happened. Then I guess in 2019, it came out on iTunes and then Netflix and every streaming service possible. It is kind of crazy how it blew up!
Signet: How has the vegan lifestyle changed your training and performance?
Morgan: The number one thing for me is recovery. I can recover quicker than I ever have in my life. As soon as I went vegan, I dropped my personal best time by a second in the 400m in 2016.
Signet: Training aside, what did you enjoy doing off the track this year?
Morgan: It was the first time in eight years that I was home for winter. So, for me, it was being able to spend time and connect with my family. I'm super focused on what I have to do every day because I've got so much going on. So, finally, quarantine took a huge load off my shoulders, which I think I needed.
Signet: Signet is backing both you and the Australian Boomers going into the Tokyo Olympics. What do you think the Boomers' chances are at the games?
Morgan: To be honest, I think they're a gold medal chance when you think about the team they can put together. With Exum, Simmons, Ingles, Dellavedova, Baynes and Mills, those six alone are absolute powerhouses. When you add in the other Aussies playing in the NBA, I just don't see why they couldn't cause an upset. Everyone loves that Aussie and USA rivalry, and I have high hopes for them. I think everyone does!
Signet: At Signet, we feel like we've got two pretty decent hopefuls next year. For you, who is the person to beat in Tokyo?
Morgan: The person for me to beat would definitely be Raevyn Rogers. She's actually a mate of mine from America who won the silver medal at the World Championships, and she's only getting stronger. There are so many young girls coming up as well. It's anyones to take, so it is quite exciting!
Signet: Do you have visions of yourself on the podium?
Morgan: It's definitely a vision I see. I think it is definitely possible and it's the most excited I've been really!