We are extremely excited to announce the addition of one America’s top young sprint talents.
Beejay Lee comes to us following an outstanding final collegiate season at USC. Besides breaking the 10 second barrier, Beejay finished 6th in the 100m at the USA National Championships, before finishing in the same placing in the 100m at the Pan Am Games in Toronto en route to helping the US team to a 4x100m gold medal. Displaying his versatility, Beejay also finished 4th in the 200m at the USA National Championships in a lifetime best time of 20.11. He joins former USC teammate Andre De Grasse in Phoenix, as well as an elite group of short sprinters, including World Championship 200m bronze medalist Anaso Jobodwana, Ameer Webb, Koffi Hua, Jeremy Dodson, and Canadian stars Justyn Warner, Dontae Richards-Kwok, and Akeem Haynes.
Having made his mark on the track scene, the addition of the 22 year old to an already impressive sprint group is a prospect relished by Coach McMillan: “I first saw Beejay compete at the Mt SAC Relays last April. It was a windy 9.96, but I was very impressed with his speed and fluidity. More than that, now that I have gotten to know Beejay, I am even more impressed by his character. I have no doubt he will fit into the group extremely well, and I look forward to working with him this season.”
Excited to find out more? We spent some time with Beejay to do just that:
Beejay – it’s great to be welcoming you into the ALTIS family. We’re looking forward to learning more about you! Let’s start off with a little background on the relocation: What prompted your decision to make the move here?
After meeting the coaches, athletes, and seeing the facilities for myself, I decided that ALTIS had everything I needed for where I am at this point in my career. I’m transitioning into professionalism – and the coaches, training staff, and facilities are all world-class.
How do you envisage training will differ to what you have been doing prior to now at USC?
From what coach Stu has said, a lot of what he does at ALTIS is very similar to what I’ve been doing at USC. The biggest difference will be getting used to that Arizona heat in the summertime, but the coaches and trainers said that they will have water for me, so I’ll be fine! But for real, I trust the coaches at ALTIS, and I’m really adaptable – so I’m not too concerned with the transition. My mind is still set on the goal – Rio.
An exciting year ahead for sure! Who would you say has been the most influential person on your track career to date, and why?
God has been the biggest influence on my track and my life. I want to make the most of all the talents that He’s given me, and that keeps me going everyday. I count my blessings and even the lessons He gives me; that reminds me to cherish the gifts that I’ve been given, and to use them to inspire others to find themselves through Him.
What is the hardest lesson you have learnt so far in terms of track, and what has it taught you?
You get what you give. If you put in good work, you might get good results back. But if you don’t put the work in, it’s almost certain that you won’t get what you want. It’s taught me to go above and beyond what I think I can do, and to focus only on what I have control of in my life.
What does success look like to you?
This is my favorite question. Success, to me, is being able to look at myself in the mirror everyday and truthfully be able to say that I was the best I could be at everything I did that day. With that being said, most of my days feel like success because I am only in competition with myself. At the end of the day, my success isn’t measured by anything other than knowing that I did all I could to be the best version of myself, and that keeps me happy.
What drives you to succeed?
I motivate myself to succeed. I simply do not want to let myself down. I have incredibly high standards for myself in all that I do, and I truly believe that I can achieve each and every one of them. I’ve felt failure before, and it’s a feeling that I hate. As simple as it is, I just don’t want to let myself down. What are you most looking forward to about being based in Phoenix?
What I’m looking forward to most about being based here is just being able to focus solely on track: Getting my tunnel vision back. That’s not to say that I haven’t been focused in LA, but the move to Phoenix is strictly for track. I love this sport and I know that I can do some amazing things in my career. I’m getting older and I don’t want to miss any opportunity to maximize my potential in this sport. LA has been fun, but I feel like ALTIS has everything I need to be the best athlete that I know I can be right now.
Now to finish – five quick fire questions:
No, but I’m going to get a Bulldog or a pocket Pitbull at some point while I’m there.
Paid N Full.
What superhero are you most like and why?
Batman, because he lives his life under a rock, but when he does come out, its special!
Favorite song lyric?
“The devil around the corner, it’s all good, cause the God is living in you” – Wale
Do you play any musical instruments?
I don’t play any musical instruments, but I can rap, lol.
Beejay – it’s been great chatting to you – thanks for your time, and a warm welcome to ALTIS!