February 19, 2014 (ISN) – Athletics Canada is happy to announce today that Oluseyi (Seyi) Smith of Ottawa, Ont., will race in the men’s invitational 60-metres at the inaugural AC Indoor Open in Montreal, March 14-16.
Oluseyi is an Olympian and competed in the 4×100-metres relay at the London Games in 2012. He is also part of the team that holds the Canadian junior 4×100-metres record. After an injury riddled 2013, Seyi looks forward to a fast and healthy season.
AC: You didn’t get the chance to compete much in 2013, can you take us through your year.
SS: I had a stress fracture in my foot around November 2012 that was unfortunately not diagnosed until June 2013. This resulted in on and off training throughout the winter and spring. By the time I had recovered the season was nearly over. I raced a handful of times but ended up spending the majority of the late summer rehabbing the foot and preparing for the following season.
AC: How are you feeling coming into the 2014 season? What goals or aspirations do you have for this year?
SS: I feel good. I give myself a 7 out of 10 in terms of staying healthy so far this year. There is room for improvement but I’m generally happy with the training I’ve been able to get done and the quality of training. The qualifying criteria for the Commonwealth Games this year will result in everyone running fast. My goals are simple. Run 10.0 and qualify for the Commonwealth Games 100-metres final. Anything is possible from then on.
AC: What objectives do you have for the AC Indoor Open?
SS: I’ll be happy with consistent times in the 6.6s range.
AC: What aspects of your sprinting are you working to improve on in 2014?
SS: We’ve spent a lot of time on my acceleration this year. It is taking time to perfect but I’m confident it will come together when the time is right.
AC: What’s your current training and coaching situation?
SS: I’m currently training in Calgary with Michael Leblanc and Bryan Barnett (currently in Sochi competing in the bobsleigh) as training partners and Quin Sekulich as our coach.
AC: What are you most looking forward to on your trip to Montreal for the AC Indoor Open?
SS: I haven’t been to the Claude-Robillard Centre since I was a juvenile. I heard that it was resurfaced so it will be good to be back there after so long.
2012 Olympic Trials – Seyi Smith (middle)
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.