I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised by my grandparents in East Jeddore. My Granddad was a carpenter and sniper in World War 2 and shared many heroic stories with me. His strength and character are a great source of personal pride and inspiration and have helped to make me the person I am today. I remember sitting with him and watching the Olympics. I would get chills hearing the Canadian National anthem and watching the Canadian athletes compete. He looked down at me watching the games and said "Adrienne that's going to be you someday competing for Canada".
When I started school I loved all sports and was fortunate enough to excel at all things athletic. The biggest reason I was good at most sports was because I was hardworking, fast, and naturally competitive which are the same attributes that continue to make me a successful athlete today.
I attended Dalhousie University after I was scouted to the track team and in 2003 at CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Championships I crossed the finish line in first place breaking the 18-year-old record by running faster than a Canadian has ever run before over 300m.
I have had the privilege of wearing the Canadian flag and representing my country in competition all over the world. I feel so lucky to be competing and fighting for my country just like my Granddad did years ago.
Becoming An Olympian
- Every element of my day is in the process. I must do everything in the process to build the triangle up to accomplish my personal goals. The elements of the process are running drills; proper warm-up; weight workouts; sprint workouts; proper rest; mental training; proper nutrition; the right supplements; massage and proper recovery techniques.
- This section is used in conjunction with the process. I have to focus on every element of the process. Not just doing each thing to finish it. I have to work to stick to a proper diet and focus on each running drill to ensure it is done right. When the reps of lifting that weight get hard or the next sprint is going to hurt so bad because I'm already exhausted, I focus. I think, "I'm going to do this and work even harder because next week it will feel easier and I'll be able to push it to the next level". That is what hard work and focus mean to me. When you reach your limit, you push beyond. That's when you will gain the edge you need to attain your outcome.
- I started using this model every day for everything I did and everything I outlined in my process. I started seeing results and that, in turn, built my confidence. I became stronger and faster each week. In 2003 at CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Championships I crossed the finish line in first place breaking the 18-year-old record and ran faster than a Canadian has ever run before over 300m. So here I am, a 21 year-old girl from Nova Scotia breaking a Canadian track record. The thrill and happiness of crossing that finish line knowing all the hours, weeks, months and years had all been worth it, was one of the most satisfying moments of my life.
A month later the National team coaches called Dalhousie to ask me to be a member of Team Canada. For the past 6 years I have had the privilege of wearing the Canadian flag and represent my country in competition all over the world. I feel so lucky to be competing and fighting for my country just like my Granddad did years ago.