Hurdler Seb takes career to next level

Seb Rodger
Seb Rodger

To compete at the very highest level sacrifices need to be made, and that’s the reason why Seb Rodger has upped sticks and moved to Bath.

The 22-year-old Eastbourne athlete has been selected by UKA, the national governing body for British Athletics, for the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for 2014.

His selection was based on his potential to win medals at Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships.

He said, “It’s a huge move me. It was tough to leave behind my family and friends but this is a fantastic opportunity for me and I want to make the most out of it.”

The former decathlete is in only his second year as a 400m hurdler.

This year he won the National under-23 championship and broke the 46-year-old Sussex County record.

This was followed by a silver medal when representing Great Britain in the European under-23 Championship in Finland with a time of 49.19.

The pinnacle of his season was running in the Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium against the top 400m hurdlers in the world and being selected to represent Great Britain in the World Championships in Moscow, where he reached the semi-finals.

Seb is ranked third in Great Britain (1st under-23), fifth in Europe (2nd under-23) and 23rd in the world.

“It has been a crazy year.

“The world champs were amazing for me and it has given me the taste for the big events.

“I’m a bit off a show really, I enjoy the pressure and I enjoy competing in front of big crowds and in front of the cameras.

“I know there is a lot of work to do but I can feel the improvements already.

“The facilities here in Bath are unbelievable. Everything I need is here for me.

“A physio is here every day so I know that if I need anything checked out it can be done instantly.

“Before I would wait for scans from the NHS which could be six weeks or so. Now I can do it all on the same day.

“The other athletes here have been great and it allows you rub shoulders with and bounce ideas around with people who are all trying to achieve the same thing.

“At the start of the year I hadn’t broken 50 seconds.

“I ran 49.19 in Finland and now the target is to get down to the low 48’s.

“I am working on my technique all the time and I’m confident I can make the improvements to achieve that.”