10 Ques­tions

Justyn Knight

Canadian Running - - FEATURES -

What would you say are your defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics as a run­ner?

I know that I have to be con­fi­dent in my abil­ity to com­pete with oth­ers and also pa­tient and not try and rush things. I take a lot of pride in hard work.

What do you ad­mire most in an­other run­ner?

I ad­mire the run­ner who’s a hard worker and re­fuses to give up no mat­ter what chal­lenge they’re fac­ing. You don’t have to win ev­ery­thing but as long as you give it your all, there’s noth­ing to be dis­ap­pointed about.

What is your idea of hap­pi­ness?

My idea of hap­pi­ness is liv­ing life com­fort­ably with the peo­ple I love. As long as me and my fam­ily are liv­ing life com­fort­ably, there’s noth­ing more I can ask for.

Who are your ath­letic he­roes?

I looked up to Michael Jor­dan and Allen Iver­son grow­ing up. Michael was and still is a role model in my life. His work ethic and pas­sion for bas­ket­ball is some­thing I’ve al­ways looked up to. I try to model the way I prac­tice the same way he would. The path may not be easy but it’s worth trav­el­ling. I looked up to Iver­son for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons. For one, I thought he was an amaz­ing ball player. But also brought his own swag­ger and per­son­al­ity to the game. He showed me that you can be loved for what you do in your sport, but you can also gain love from be­ing your­self and stay­ing true to your per­son­al­ity.

Where would you like to live?

Af­ter I grad­u­ate col­lege I will live any­where run­ning takes me, whether it be Canada, Amer­ica or some­where else. When that’s all done I would love to re­turn back home to Toronto. But if I could pick any­where in the world to live, Aus­tralia would def­i­nitely be in the con­ver­sa­tion.

What is your great­est run­ning-re­lated re­gret?

Prob­a­bly stay­ing up un­til 3:00 a.m. try­ing to down­load Drake’s Views al­bum know­ing I was at­tempt­ing to run the Olympic standard in the 5k two days later!

What is your great­est fear? My great­est fear is just not be­ing suc­cess­ful in life.

I would like to be less of a pro­cras­ti­na­tor.

What’s one thing you can’t live with­out?

My fam­ily. They’re my back­bone. They’ve al­ways ex­pressed love and sup­port for me through my ups and downs. A lot of my suc­cess to­day is be­cause of them. My par­ents have made mul­ti­ple sac­ri­fices to make sure my brother and I were given an equal op­por­tu­nity in the world to chase our dreams. Ev­ery­thing I do is for them. Work­ing hard and suc­ceed­ing in life is not just for me, but is a way of say­ing thank you to them for ev­ery­thing they’ve done.

What is your motto?

“I hate to lose more than they love to win; t hat ’s t he dif­fer­ence bet ween me and them.”

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