January 29, 2014, Ottawa (ISN) – Athletics Canada is proud to announce that Kimberly Hyacinthe has committed to race the 60-metres at the inaugural AC Indoor Open, March 14-16 in Montreal, Que.
Kimberly had a phenomenal 2013 season winning gold in the 200-metres at the World University Games (FISU) and was a member of the 4×100-metres relay team that broke the Canadian record at the IAAF World Championships. She’s off to a fast start this indoor season breaking two facility records in the 60-metres and 300-metres at last weekend’s McGill Team Challenge.
Kimberly’s club, Les Vainqueurs, will be serving as host along with Athletics Canada for the 2014 AC Indoor Open.
2013 Canadian Champion
AC: You’re no stranger to Montreal and Le complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, how does it feel to have the opportunity to race in front of family and friends in a place that you know so well?
KH: I trained at Claude-Robillard for 8 years so I’m very familiar with it. It is a great opportunity for my family and friends to come watch, as I don’t race often in Quebec. They usually watch me online or watch videos of my races; it will be fun and exciting to have them cheer me on live.
2013 World Championships
AC: You had a fantastic 2013 season winning gold at FISU in the 200-metres and were part of a national record-breaking 4×100-metres squad. What stands out most to you about last season?
KH: Being able to compete at Worlds and be a semi-finalist in the 200-metres stood out the most to me, apart from what you’ve mentioned. I was finally able to break the 23- second barrier last year and it definitely was one, if not the most, satisfying moment of last season. It was a relief because I had been trying for so long to break that barrier.
AC: You continue to show improvement, especially over 200-metres, and broke 23-seconds on three occasions this past year. What have you been working on in training and/or racing to continue getting faster?
KH: We’ve been working on the start of my race and speed endurance. We’re building on the strengths that I acquired last season in order to be consistent in my races and run faster.
AC: After last year’s successful season what are your goals for the upcoming season?
KH: My goals are to be consistent under 23-seconds and to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, and have a top place finish. I certainly want to stay healthy as well; I’m sure that’s every athlete’s goal.
AC: You’ve been down in St. Kitts at a training camp, how’s that been going? After workouts how do you spend your downtime?
KH: We’re back from training camp and it was really beneficial. It is a huge advantage to be able to train outside a couple of weeks during the winter especially for the longer sprints. We train pretty hard so I would go down to the beach and take advantage of the salt water for a couple of minutes. Other than the beach I would read, watch movies or play board games with my teammates.
The 2014 AC Indoor Open takes 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.