If something is bothering Morgan Lake, she’ll have no hesitation about saying so. It’s not that the young British high jumper is confrontational – far from it – it’s just that she is determined to use her profile to send a positive message.
A quick glance at her social media presence illustrates that this is someone who refuses to simply trot out sponsor-approved platitudes. Instead subjects as diverse as climate change, prejudice and poaching have all appeared on Lake’s Twitter account over the last few months. As someone who juggles her status as a British Olympian with studying for a psychology degree at Loughborough University, Lake is well practised at learning about a range of different topics.
When we meet to discuss her chances at the World Championships that begin in Doha this month, she is similarly engaging. Naturally Lake, 22, is determined to make good on the enormous potential that saw her win two junior world championships gold medals five years ago, but there are also more important issues to discuss.
Take body image, which continues to be an unhealthy preoccupation for those commenting on women’s sport. “A lot of the time in women’s sport, if someone isn’t performing as well a lot of people will say it’s because they’ve put on weight,” Lake says.