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Olympic bronze medallist speaks to Strathmore students

Dan Marcinkowski is the Strathmore Standard's Sports and Wheatland County council reporter. Contact him with any and all information, story tips or concerns at 403-934-3021 ext. 308.

By Dan Marcinkowski, Strathmore Standard

Canadian Olympic Bronze Medalist Akeem Haynes visited Strathmore on Oct. 13. He talked to the students about facing adversity and also showed is bronze medal, which he won at the Rio Olympics.

Canadian Olympic Bronze Medalist Akeem Haynes visited Strathmore on Oct. 13. He talked to the students about facing adversity and also showed is bronze medal, which he won at the Rio Olympics.

Olympic bronze medalist Akeem Haynes spoke to students in Strathmore last week.

The Rio Olympian spoke to students about adversity and how got through it on Oct. 13. Haynes has written a big about this called Love, Life & Legacy and will be coming out with a new book in the next year.

“It’s important for me to talk to students, because when I was growing up, I didn’t have a lot of people telling me what was possible for me,” said Haynes.

“I didn’t realize it until high school when I met the right people who believed in me that I could do something. At this age I didn’t think I could be something in this world.”

“I want kids to know that anything is possible.”

The Olympic bronze medalist enjoys helping out others through his stories and experience.

“It’s definitely a great feeling, because a lot of people say I’m in a position to be a role model, but I don’t play roles,” he said.

“For me, I want them to learn as much from my mistakes and my upbringings, because I wish that I was able to write my wrongs at that age.”

“For them to be able to be in a position where they can learn from me and my mistakes and what it takes to get there is important to me.”

The Canadian sprinter is very modest and wants to always do better.

“I’m not at the top and I don’t know if I ever will be at the top, but I’m going to keep trying until I get there,” said Haynes.

Haynes was part of Team Canada’s 4x100m relay team along Canadian sprinters Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown and Brendon Rodney where the team captured a bronze medal.

He also competed in the 100m races in the Olympics, but didn’t qualify to the final stages.

Haynes has a long story of adversity to get to where he is today and his upbringing is a key part of his story. He moved to Canada from Jamaica when he was six-years-old with his mother to Yellow Knife to be with family that had moved there. The tow then moved to Calgary in 2004.

Haynes excelled at sports early on. He played soccer in Yellow Knife and football when he came to Calgary. When they moved to Calgary however, there was financial trouble and the two slept on a mattress in a friend’s basement together for several months.

Haynes was noticed by a Canadian Olympic coach while playing football and things took off from there.

He will now be preparing for next year’s world championships in London, England. 



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