10 Ques­tions

Aaron Brown In the shad­ows: A Q&A with a Cana­dian sprinter de­serv­ing of more recog­ni­tion

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Aaron Brown

1What are your defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics as a run­ner?

I’m some­body who’s re­lent­less and not eas­ily de­terred from pur­su­ing my goals. I’ve faced ad­ver­sity as ev­ery ath­lete has, and part of what has helped me stay in the game is that I don’t quit eas­ily. I’ ll go back and as­sess what I’ve done wrong and con­sider how to make im­prove­ments. I’m try­ing to make my­self as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble. I’m re­lent­less when it comes to find­ing an an­swer to a prob­lem.

2What is your most vivid run­ning mem­ory?

The first time I broke 11 sec­onds in grade 10. I was at of­saa, and I fi­nally ran 10 sec­onds in the pre­lim. At the time, I didn’t fully com­pre­hend what I had done. I was just re­ally happy that I’d run a 10 in­stead of an 11. That was a re­ally big mile­stone for me.

3 What’s some­thing you can’t live with­out?

YouTube. The videos I watch will be about sports, per­sonal fi­nance or pol­i­tics.

4 Whom would you like to have din­ner with, liv­ing or dead?

Tu­pac and LeBron. That’s one dead and one alive.

5What is your great­est run­ning-re­lated re­gret?

That I would over­think races and beat my­self be­fore I had even stepped on the track. If I could do that over again, I wouldn’t get lost in the mag­ni­tude of the race and re­al­ize that there was noth­ing to be afraid of. If I had that men­tal­ity ear­lier, I think I could’ve achieved more by now.

6If you could change one thing about your­self, what would it be?

I’d like to be a bet­ter singer. My favourite songs to sing are by The Weeknd and Michael Jack­son.

7Who has been the most in­flu­en­tial per­son in your run­ning ca­reer?

My old team­mate An­dre Hamil­ton from high school. He has passed away now, but he was one of the rea­sons I started to get into track. He would al­ways chal­lenge me. It was a big brother/ lit­tle brother com­plex, and any­thing he said I couldn’t do, I would at­tempt to prove him wrong. He fed me chal­lenges and piqued my in­ter­est in the sport.

8Was there a mo­ment when you knew you could be one of the best run­ners in the world?

The World Youth Cham­pi­onships 2009. Go­ing into the race I was just happy to qual­ify, but then I looked at t he list and re­al­ized I was ranked 11th over­all. I kept im­prov­ing each round and broke the Cana­dian youth record in the semi­fi­nals. Af­ter that, peo­ple were favour­ing me for the gold. I ended up get­ting the sil­ver medal, and af­ter that point, I knew I could be the best in the world.

9What is your great­est fear?

Not reac hi ng my full po­ten­tial.

10What is your idea of hap­pi­ness?

Be­ing able to say that I’m sat­is­fied and con­tent with ev­ery­thing I’ve achieved. It’s also im­por­tant that my loved ones are in a good po­si­tion, and I feel at peace.— CR

LEFT Aaron Brown races the 2018 NACAC Cham­pi­onships

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