The opportunity to compete in a major sporting event at home in front of family and friends was just too much for Pickering hurdler, Ingvar Moseley, to pass up.
Last September, the York University student put his academic studies on hold to prepare for the Pan American Games in the Golden Horseshoe and Greater Toronto Area regions this summer.
On the verge of quitting the sport because of financial challenges, Moseley took up an offer from Greggmar Swift to be his training partner at Indiana State University where Swift, who represented Barbados at the 2012 Olympics, is a senior.
The hurdlers became friends after meeting at the Pan American Junior Championship in Trinidad & Tobago in 2009.
“I am just happy that he offered me the chance to come and train with him,” said Moseley, who returned home for the Christmas holidays. “It’s a privilege to be able to use the university’s track facilities and also be coached by John McNichols, who is a wise man with lots of experience.
McNichols is in his 31st year as the men’s head coach.
A member of York University men’s track team that last year captured the institution’s first Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship in three decades, Moseley is aiming to improve on his personal best 13.83 secs.
“The hurdles event is very technical and there is always something to work on to be able to perfect the event,” he said. “Right now, I am working to improve my sprinting speed and maintaining it between the barriers to reduce my time.”
The qualifying standard for the Pan Am Games is 14.00 secs.
Mark McCoy holds the Canadian record of 13.08 secs. set in 1993 in France.
Introduced to the sport in elementary school, Moseley honed his skills at Pickering High School under the Sahadath brothers – Curtis and Cyril, who died in March 2013. He also spent five years with two-time Canadian Coach of the Year, Anthony McCleary.
“I split with Anthony last year because things were not working out for me,” said Moseley. “It was nothing personal. I just wasn’t seeing the improvement I was looking for.”
He singles out his 2011 winning performance at the Canadian national championships in Calgary as the highlight of his career.
“My coach (McCleary) was training me for the 400-metre hurdles, but I promised him that if he entered me in the sprint hurdles I would come out on top,” recalled the 23-year-old, who won the race in 14.26 secs.
Moseley, who is studying languages and aspires to teach English in Japan and become a translator after completing university, plans to take part in a few indoor and outdoor meets in the next few months before the national championships in Edmonton in early July.