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‘Don’t let the mind wander’- Kyron A. McMaster

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January 22nd, 2018 | Tags: Kyron A. McMaster tips Spikes interview star athlete
The fastest man in the world at 400m hurdles in 2017, Virgin Islander Kyron A. McMaster offered some ‘valuable tips’ in his recent interview with Spikes, an athletics website and magazine published by Haymarket Network in conjunction with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Photo: IAAF
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The fastest man in the world at 400m hurdles in 2017, Virgin Islander Kyron A. McMaster has been giving some tips not only on athletics but everyday life.

McMaster, the 2017 BVI Athletics Association Senior Male Athlete of the Year, stormed on the world stage with a world leading 47.80 seconds 400m hurdles win at the Jamaica Invitational in May 2017. He then entered the World Championships in London ranked number one, but was disqualified in the heats but redeemed himself with the overall Diamond League victory, and a defeat of World Champion Karsten Warholm of Norway.

The 21-year-old star athlete, who unfortunately lost his coach and father figure Xavier Dag Samuels during the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 offered some “valuable tips” in his interview with Spikes, an athletics website and magazine published by Haymarket Network in conjunction with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Championship tip

Stay focused and remain true to yourself. Don’t let the mind wander.

It is important to go into a major championship with no what-ifs. Do not look at other athletes and worry about their times and performances. You need to remain calm and believe in yourself.

Psychological tip

Whenever I have a challenging race coming up, I psychologically prepare myself about three weeks before the event by going over ten different scenarios in my head of the potential outcome of the race. So, if the first scenario happens I will know how to run the race. If scenario nine happens I am prepared, too.

Technical tip

Many people say the 400m hurdles is about rhythm, but after a few years competing in the event, I don’t see it as a rhythm. I view it as just running and once your body becomes used to the speed of the event then it becomes easier.

I’m not that technical – I just run and jump!

Coaching tip

A coach once told me that practice makes perfect, but nothing in this world is perfect, so what they said was wrong. I would say instead that practice makes improvement. I practice to improve myself.

Top tip for surviving the athletics circuit

For me, this was difficult because 2017 was the first season I had to travel the circuit. Fortunately, I had the support of one of my bests friends, who made it easier my travelling to meets with me. He’d get breakfast and lunch for me and grab my bib-number. He has made it much easier for me and a lot of fun.

Cooking tip

My fav food is ribs. I could eat it all day every day. And in terms of a tip, I would get my mum to cook them!

Driving tip

I’m a big fan of Ford Trucks, the F-550s. I see them as the leader in innovation in terms of equipment, quality and their look. Ford is the way to go!

Vacation tip

To enjoy the trip more I would say travel with fun people who want to enjoy the same experiences as you. Be adventurous. One place I would love to go, but I’ve never been to is Dubai.

Social media tip

I’m active on Snapchat and Instagram but to any athlete competing ahead of a big competition I would advise them to stay away from social media because a lot of people can say things both good and bad, which can impact negatively. So, often around big competitions I stay off social media.

Dating tip

Be spontaneous and romantic, that’s me. An example of that would be that I’m happy to send a girl an 8ft teddy bear. I’ve done that in the past!

6 Responses to “‘Don’t let the mind wander’- Kyron A. McMaster”

  • 1 (22/01/2018, 11:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    good show
  • I MAN (22/01/2018, 13:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good words
  • Bull Dawg (22/01/2018, 14:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good luck young fella.
    Stay focus at all times.
    Pray Morning, noon and night.
  • Z. McLean (22/01/2018, 14:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rumble, young man, RUMBLE!!
  • vi (23/01/2018, 10:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just love this young man. From the first time I saw him run, I admired him and wondered who his proud parents were, which I found out only last year. Stay true to yourself young man. One day you will make one lucky young lady happy to be your wife. God's blessings to you now and always for an accident-free running career.

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