January 22, 2014, Ottawa (ISN) – Athletics Canada is proud to announce that Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., will race in the 60-metres at the AC Indoor Open in Montreal, March 14 to 16.
2013 World Championship
Over the course of his career Justyn has collected medals at both the IAAF Junior & Senior World Championships (100-metres, silver; 4×100-metres, bronze). This past summer at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia Justyn ran the anchor leg to help his teammates secure bronze in the 4×100-metres.
AC: We’re almost six months removed from Moscow. What moment sticks with you most from earning the bronze medal with your 4×100-metres teammates?
JW: It definitely has to be standing on the podium while receiving our medals, with our names engraved on the back of them. That is something that no one can ever take away from me. I’m a world medalist no matter what. That entire experience I went through with Gavin (Smellie), Aaron (Brown) and Dontae (Richards-Kwok) was a roller coaster ride. We came through the mixed zone defeated, and then came back through again as if we had won the gold medal.
AC: How does Team Canada’s best ever performance at the World Championships motivate you going into the new year?
JW: Canada has a lot of great young talent and I think it can continue right through to Rio. It’s a great feeling to see our country doing well and turn heads of other athletes, coaches and competing countries. It motivates me everyday to train even harder than I was before because not only is it hard to win a medal (individual event or relay), I think it’s even harder to repeat as a medalist. I always have to tell myself to train like number 2.
AC: What are your goals and aspirations for 2014?
JW: I have some pretty big goals and I always set myself to high standards. For me, my individual event always comes first and I focus on that because if I can’t compete fast in my own event, I can’t help the relay team perform well. Even though 2014 does not have a World Championship (outdoor) or Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games are still a big meet for Canadian athletes and I hope to compete well to set myself up for 2015 Worlds & Pan Ams, then Rio in 2016.
AC: Off the track you’ve had some even bigger highlights, how’s life as a new dad? What adjustments have you made?
JW: Yup huge highlights! My son Kaedence was born in October and we absolutely love it. He’s growing so fast already and Nikkita (World Championship finalist in the 100-metre hurdles) does so well with him as a first time mom, saves my butt! Truly we’re just blessed. Adjusting is still tough because we don’t get as much sleep and of course for athletes, sleep is everything as it’s the best time for our body to recover. Now with the indoor season beginning, the traveling begins so it will be really hard not being home with them. But I have a job to take care of; we have a great support system with our parents.
AC: What aspects of your sprinting are you working to improve in 2014?
JW: I’m a speed demon! My personal coach in high school use to say I was born to do things fast and I can’t do anything slow. So I’m doing just that. My program has changed to what my body is used to and I love it! I fixed a lot of bad habits and just becoming more of a technical sprinter like I was in my younger days.
AC: Can you give us an update about your current training location, group, coach and training partners?
JW: My off-season was spent in Toronto and now that the season has started I’m in Norman, Oklahoma. I’m coached under Kevin Tyler, who worked with UK athlete James Dasaolu’s program to run 9.91. Canadian athletes Tyler Christopher, Adam Kunkel, Pierre Brown worked with him also. My only training partner is my brother Ian. No one could be better to train with then my own
2013 Canadian Championship
brother. He’s still gunning to beat me for the first time and I have to keep working my butt off so that doesn’t happen. I can’t complain, it’s a great environment!
AC: What are you most looking forward to on your trip to Montreal for the AC Indoor Open?
JW: I can’t wait to see this new track and how fast it is! It will also be great seeing and meeting the up and coming track stars. It just makes me remember the times when I was that age, running with horrible form and looking all over the track to see if I was winning. I try to be as much of a role model for younger athletes, as I looked up at the top athletes when I was growing up. It will be a great track meet!
The 2014 AC Indoor Open will take place in Montreal, Que., March 14 – 16 at the newly renovated Centre Claude-Robillard. The event serves as a Canadian Championship for youth and junior athletes and will feature a number of Olympians and World Championship national team members in invitational events. For more information and to register for the inaugural AC Indoor Open visit www.indoors.athletics.ca