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cinqque5tion with Canadian sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne (by: Jovin Tardif)

Aiyanna Brigitt Stiverne (born 20 February 1995) is a Canadian sprinter. She competed in the women's 400 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.
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Here is our discussion by the water cooler.


cinqque5tion with Aiyanna Stiverne

1. Can you describe a typical training session? How do you mentally and physically get ready to sprint?

Typically a training session for me would be speed/endurance based. So that wouldn’t be something too long like repeat 500s and it wouldn’t something to short either. It would be some distance kind of in-between so maybe a 200 or 300. The focus is to make through the workout while hitting the times and getting the mileage in as well. This helps with endurance for competition. As far as being mentally prepared, I journal after my tougher sessions and before the competition. It helps to write out your thoughts and set a race plan.  Aiyanna Stiverne =)

2. Your cousin, Bermane Stiverne, is a professional boxer. Would you consider Bermane is a role model or a source of inspiration? Please describe.

He’s definitely a source of inspiration especially because he reached the highest level in his sport. Of course he’s not the only athlete I grew up around. My dad played football at the University of Miami and my coach, Ronald Morency, ran track as well. They’ve all been an inspiration to me while also being a great support system.  Aiyanna Stiverne =)

3. Can you tell us about some of your races and what you thought of the results?

Well some of my favorite races this past season were 4x400m races in Yokohama, Japan, Lima, Peru, and Doha, Qatar. In Japan, we set the Canadian record in the mixed relay and won silver which was really exciting because one of my goals every season is to get into the record books. It was also exciting because it was my first IAAF medal. I enjoyed Lima as well because we earned silver again and it was my first Pan-American Games. World Championships in Doha was a bit tough for our relay because we ended up getting disqualified, but it was one of the best races we’ve had a world championship in a long time so it adds a little more excitement to the upcoming Olympic Games this summer. We see the potential and hope to capitalize on it in Tokyo.  Aiyanna Stiverne =)

Aiyanna Brigitt Stiverne (born 20 February 1995) is a Canadian sprinter. She competed in the women's 400 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.
Canadian sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne

 

4. In 2019, you won the silver with the 4x400m mixed relay team at the IAAF World Relays? Can you talk about the race, your teammates and how you all felt after the race? Congratulations!

The mixed relay was so much fun! As you could imagine it’s absolutely Nerve-racking to get out in front of so many people on such a huge stage. It’s even more nerve-racking to think about racing with men and trying to figure out a strategy that best fits your team. Luckily for us our team had a camp and we got a chance to bond and understand our roles as far as the mixed relay goes. We had to learn to trust each other and believe that this would work out. With track and field, there’s a wide spectrum of age groups, different viewpoints, and approaches. As far as race strategy in training is concerned. So you have to blend the team together that all have the same goal which we did and we are really excited that we got a chance to metal as far as re-strategy and training are concerned. So you have to blend a team together that all have the same goal which we did and we were really excited that we got a chance to medal at a global event. Aiyanna Stiverne =)

5. Just for fun. What’s your favourite show on Netflix and why?

My absolute favorite show on Netflix is The Office. I’ve watched every single episode of every season and I think it’s hilarious. Dwight Schrute is my favorite character. Aiyanna Stiverne =)

Aiyanna Brigitt Stiverne (born 20 February 1995) is a Canadian sprinter.[3] She competed in the women's 400 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.[4]  Personal life Aiyanna is the cousin of former WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane Stiverne
Canadian sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne

 


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cinqque5tion with Aiyanna Stiverne

Okay, Mr. Tardif… (looking in the mirror) …with the 2020 Summer Olympics taking place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, it is time to get in shape. (Putting on the running shoes, t-shirt, and shorts) It starts today…but I think I need a little bit of inspiration. Who can I call to keep me “on track”? Perhaps my friend Aiyanna Stiverne.  Aiyanna Stiverne is a two-time Florida High School Athletic Association 4A Champion. In 2015, Stiverne represented Canada for the first time as a member of the 4x400m relay team which finished eighth at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. In 2017, she competed individually at the IAAF World Championships in the 400m. In 2018, Stiverne won the 400m at the Canadian championships in a personal best time less than an hour after she took silver in the 200m. She also stood on the 400m podium at the NACAC Championships. In 2019, Stiverne won silver with the 4x400m mixed relay team at the IAAF World Relays.

BIOGRAPHY: Aiyanna Stiverne was a two-time Florida High School Athletic Association 4A Champion who went on to compete at the University of Texas – El Paso, later transferring to the University of Miami. She was an alternate member of the American team sent to the 2014 World U20 Championships and, while she did not compete, she has used this appearance on the international stage as motivation to improve. In 2015, Stiverne represented Canada for the first time as a member of the 4x400m relay team which finished eighth at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. In 2017, she competed individually at the IAAF World Championships in the 400m. In 2018, Stiverne won the 400m at the Canadian championships in a personal best time less than an hour after she took silver in the 200m. She also stood on the 400m podium at the NACAC Championships. In 2019, Stiverne won silver with the 4x400m mixed relay team at the IAAF World Relays.  A LITTLE MORE ABOUT AIYANNA Getting into the Sport: Began competing in track and field at age 16… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Miami in 2018… Enjoys reading new books when she travels… Odds and Ends: Collects keychains for herself and magnets for her mom from places where she competes… Favourite motto: Fortune favours the brave … Cousin Bermane Stiverne is a professional boxer and former WBC Heavyweight Champion…  Notable International Results  IAAF World Championships: 2017 – 32nd (400m), 11th (4x400m relay); 2015 – 8th (4x400m relay)  IAAF World Relays: 2019 – SILVER (4x400m mixed relay)  NACAC Championships: 2018 – SILVER (400m), BRONZE (4x400m relay)  Universiade: 2017 – 4th (400m), 4th (4x400m)
Canadian sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne

“I figure we can meet in the gym…have a quick talk by the water cooler and maybe have a little race on the track…what do you think Aiyanna?”

Here is our discussion by the water cooler.


cinqque5tion with Aiyanna Stiverne

1. Can you describe a typical training session? How do you mentally and physically get ready to sprint?

Typically a training session for me would be speed/endurance based. So that wouldn’t be something too long like repeat 500s and it wouldn’t something to short either. It would be some distance kind of in-between so maybe a 200 or 300. The focus is to make through the workout while hitting the times and getting the mileage in as well. This helps with endurance for competition. As far as being mentally prepared, I journal after my tougher sessions and before the competition. It helps to write out your thoughts and set a race plan.  Aiyanna Stiverne =)

2. Your cousin, Bermane Stiverne, is a professional boxer. Would you consider Bermane is a role model or a source of inspiration? Please describe.

He’s definitely a source of inspiration especially because he reached the highest level in his sport. Of course he’s not the only athlete I grew up around. My dad played football at the University of Miami and my coach, Ronald Morency, ran track as well. They’ve all been an inspiration to me while also being a great support system.  Aiyanna Stiverne =)

3. Can you tell us about some of your races and what you thought of the results?

Well some of my favorite races this past season were 4x400m races in Yokohama, Japan, Lima, Peru, and Doha, Qatar. In Japan, we set the Canadian record in the mixed relay and won silver which was really exciting because one of my goals every season is to get into the record books. It was also exciting because it was my first IAAF medal. I enjoyed Lima as well because we earned silver again and it was my first Pan-American Games. World Championships in Doha was a bit tough for our relay because we ended up getting disqualified, but it was one of the best races we’ve had a world championship in a long time so it adds a little more excitement to the upcoming Olympic Games this summer. We see the potential and hope to capitalize on it in Tokyo.  Aiyanna Stiverne =)

Aiyanna Brigitt Stiverne (born 20 February 1995) is a Canadian sprinter. She competed in the women's 400 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.
Canadian sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne

 

4. In 2019, you won the silver with the 4x400m mixed relay team at the IAAF World Relays? Can you talk about the race, your teammates and how you all felt after the race? Congratulations!

The mixed relay was so much fun! As you could imagine it’s absolutely Nerve-racking to get out in front of so many people on such a huge stage. It’s even more nerve-racking to think about racing with men and trying to figure out a strategy that best fits your team. Luckily for us our team had a camp and we got a chance to bond and understand our roles as far as the mixed relay goes. We had to learn to trust each other and believe that this would work out. With track and field, there’s a wide spectrum of age groups, different viewpoints, and approaches. As far as race strategy in training is concerned. So you have to blend the team together that all have the same goal which we did and we are really excited that we got a chance to metal as far as re-strategy and training are concerned. So you have to blend a team together that all have the same goal which we did and we were really excited that we got a chance to medal at a global event. Aiyanna Stiverne =)

5. Just for fun. What’s your favourite show on Netflix and why?

My absolute favorite show on Netflix is The Office. I’ve watched every single episode of every season and I think it’s hilarious. Dwight Schrute is my favorite character. Aiyanna Stiverne =)

Aiyanna Brigitt Stiverne (born 20 February 1995) is a Canadian sprinter.[3] She competed in the women's 400 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.[4]  Personal life Aiyanna is the cousin of former WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane Stiverne
Canadian sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne

 


About the Author
Jovin Tardif
Press/Media What On What’s Good
StorytellerConversation StarterWriterReviewerInterviewer and Social Media

 


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