Amonn Nelson is the latest athlete to make the move to Altis, Canada. The 25 year old made her mark on the international scene as part of the Canadian 4x400m medal winning quartet at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but is now ready to take the next step in her career.
“Amonn has represented Canada internationally and understands what it will take to move beyond mere representation and toward international success” Altis Canada head Coach – Laurier Primeau explained: “Whilst there is always trepidation with uprooting oneself and relocating to another city, but both Amonn and I feel that we can co-create an environment that will drive athletic achievement and personal growth.”
We spoke to Amonn to find out more.
Amonn, great to hear about your move to Altis Canada. We are excited to find out more about you and your move here. Let’s start with some background; what is your home-town?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
What School did you attend and what is your Degree in?
University of Calgary, Bachelor of Kinesiology.
What events do you compete in, and what are your PR’s?
I compete in the 400m and 200m and my PR’s are 52.51s and 23.32s respectively.
Have you ever competed in other sports?
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
When I’m not on the track, I’m learning how to play the guitar, reading a book, or watching Netflix.
What has been the highlight of your career in Track & Field so far?
The highlight of my career so far was being a semi-finalist in the 400m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
What is your favorite movie?
Inglorious Bastards – Quentin Terantino.
How about your favorite meal?
Jamaican Ackee and Salt fish with Fried Dumplings.
Do you have a sporting hero?
Yes! It’s a three-way tie between Micheal Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Jillian Richardson.
Any favorite quotes?
“Number one in your life’s blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you’re nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I read some of my favorite bible verses.
Moving forward, what are your career goals?
My career goals are to pursue excellence and reach the podium in the 2016 Rio Olympics competing in my events.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
I am going to own a successful business – that way I can help support the up and coming athletes in the same way others have funded and supported my athletic journey.
What do you think Track & Field needs to do to build its popularity in North America?
We need an innovative and entertaining narrative to market the meets hosted within Canada and the US. We need more exposure in media for the athletes. If people know the story behind the athlete, then they will care enough to want to watch and support the unique culture of our sport.
What does success look like to you?
Success looks like a constant cycle of challenging myself with goals and learning from the outcome of each one. Success is an internal drive to never stop improving, learning, and gaining insight from various viewpoints. Success is giving and proving the very best of myself!
What are the three most important factors that determine your personal success?
Focus, Faith & Confidence.
What motivates you to reach this success?
I am motivated by giving the very best of myself whether or not others are watching.
“I am motivated by giving the very best of myself whether or not others are watching.”
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Doubt, fear, and injuries have all been factors that prevented me from succeeding in the past.
What do you think could prevent you from succeeding in the future?
An overall neglect to take care of myself as an athlete is a potential factor that can prevent me from succeeding in the future.
Why did you choose to join the Altis?
Altis has a great training environment, combined with the best support team to help an athlete like myself foster success on and off the Track.
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
I’m most looking forward to seeing my performances improve.
Amonn is on Twitter. You can follow her here.