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Phylicia George looking forward to running hurdles on home turf at Toronto 2015

Phylicia George looking forward to running hurdles on home turf at Toronto 2015

Posted by Juan Gavasa on March 14, 2015

Fearless and aggressive. That’s the approach Phylicia George takes when she competes in the hurdles.

“You have to be totally aggressive and there’s an element of just letting it go,” said the 27-year-old Scarborough native, who is preparing for the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

George has come a long way since Grade 10, which is when she started running the 400-metre hurdles.

She’s since transitioned into competing in the 100-metre hurdles and has found success including being a finalist in the 2012 London Olympics finishing in sixth place.

As a full-time athlete, George trains five days a week for a number of major competitions, in addition to the Olympic Games, such as the World Championships held every two years as well as the European and North American circuits.

But the upcoming Pan Am Games in Toronto will be particularly special for her. “It really is to me a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said George, who is excited about representing Canada on home turf.

She added it’ll also be a great opportunity for Torontonians to see and experience a world class event. “I’m excited about that.”

Despite her excitement, she planned to approach the meet like any other track meet – with great preparation and being ready to execute. “I just want to put on a good show,” she said, aiming for a podium finish this time in front of the home crowd.

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