An Olympian, and one of Canada’s best young sprinters – Akeem Haynes is a bright prospect. A former junior college standout who studied at Barton County Community College before moving to the University of Alabama where he earned All-America honors as part of Alabama’s 4×100 meter relay unit at the NCAA Championships – Haynes is now set to make the next step in his career as he relocates to Altis. We talked to Akeem to find out more about him and his move to Phoenix in a quick fire Q&A …
What is your home-town?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
How old are you?
22 years old.
What School did you attend and what is your Degree in?
I attended the University of Alabama and my Degree is in General Health.
What events do you compete in, and what are your PR’s?
100m – 10.23s
200m – 20.83s
Have you competed in other sports?
I played football In High school.
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
I like to read, occasionally I’ll play some games, usually I’m doing something productive.
What’s your ideal vacation?
Probably somewhere over seas, like Monaco, enjoying all they have to offer.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Shottas and Gladiator are my favorite films.
And your favorite meal?
Curry chicken with rice and peas.
Who is your sporting hero?
I don’t have a sporting hero, but I’m a fan of Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Once you stop dreaming, you stop living.”
Do you have any pre meet rituals?
No I don’t have one.
What’s on your playlist if you listen to music before competitions?
Usually a mix of dancehall & reggae with a few old school rap.
What are your career goals?
To reach the full potential of whatever I’m focused on.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
I hope to become a motivational speaker & as well as a best selling author.
What does T&F need to do to build its popularity in North America?
I think as a whole people need to get more involved, there is a big difference between overseas and in North America, the energy and effort they put into the sport is something else. America could learn from them.
What does success look like to you?
Improving each day seizing the full potential out of each day while working towards the things you want to achieve.
What are the 3 most important factors that determine your success?
Heart, resiliency & optimism.
What motivates you to reach this success?
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Injuries. I haven’t been able to stay healthy for a full season since 2012.
What can prevent you from succeeding in the future?
Nothing can prevent anyone from reaching success unless their not willing to endure the process of the ups and downs.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
I’ve heard great things from different people. I felt that this was the best place for me to reach my full potential and continue to learn more about the sport. It’s like a reunion so to speak. I use to work with Stuart McMillan in high school and a few of my friends are also out there training, so that helped as well.
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
Learning from the coaches that are there, and applying that to the track. There is a lot of knowledge to be grasped.
Is there anything you are dreading?!
Anything over 150m!
Akeem is on twitter – you can follow him here.