Akeem Haynes

Akeem Haynes

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Calgary, Alberta

Olympic Bronze Medalist | Mindset Resilience & Determination | Adversity & Life Purpose Expert

Akeem Haynes is an Olympic Bronze Medalist, Canadian Sprinter and Sports Motivational Speaker. Born in Jamaica, he moved together with his family to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories at age 7 before his family moved to Calgary when he was 10. Heynes found himself and his success in sports, qualifying a member of Canada's 4x100m relay team. With Akeem as the lead runner, the team won Bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games along with Andre De Grasse, Brendon Rodney, Aaron Brown, and Mobolade Ajomale. From Hardships faced as a new immigrant to Canada, to growing up without his father's presence, Akeem shares stories from his past and how he has transformed his mindset in his early years, then after the Olympics to become the person he is today.
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AKEEM HAYNES BIOGRAPHY

Akeem Haynes, a distinguished Canadian athlete, showcased remarkable performance at the Rio Olympics, achieving a notable 10.24 seconds in the 100-meter heats. As a vital part of Canada’s 4 x 100 m relay team, Haynes played a key role in securing a hard-fought bronze medal in a tightly contested final.

Beyond his athletic prowess, Haynes briefly extended his sports career to football, signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on January 2, 2018. Although his stint with the Tiger-Cats was short, concluding with his release on May 10, 2018, before the preseason games began, it highlighted his versatility and resilience as an athlete.

Recognized not only for his athletic achievements but also for his dedication to community service, Akeem Haynes was honored with the prestigious Athletes in Excellence Award by The Foundation for Global Sports Development in August 2017.

This accolade was in recognition of his outstanding contributions to youth mentorship and his commitment to making a positive impact in the community. Akeem Haynes continues to inspire both on and off the field, demonstrating the true spirit of a champion.

Born in Savlamar, Jamaica, Haynes faced numerous challenges from an early age. After relocating to Canada for better opportunities, he and his mother moved from Yellowknife to Calgary. The immigrant family where one of two black families in the community, and had to navigate extreme societal and environmental shifts to adapt to the Canadian North.

Facing hardships including homelessness at the age of 13, Haynes’s resilience came through when he found consistency and success in sports. Despite academic hurdles and an NCAA eligibility issue due to a ninth-grade error, Haynes persevered. He attended Barton Community College, where his athletic prowess earned him a place on his first Canadian Olympic Team, All-American honors, and a national championship. He later transferred to the University of Alabama on a full athletic scholarship.

Akeem Haynes’s journey from a struggling youth to a two-time Olympian and Olympic Bronze Medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is a testament to his tenacity and unyielding spirit. A true story of a champion, Haynes has also authored self-help books “Love, Life & Legacy” and “Fear, Faith & Fruition,” which focus on overcoming adversity with resilience and determination. His story continues to inspire both on and off the field, embodying the true essence of what it takes to succeed and live out your life purpose.

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Love, Life & Legacy
Love, Life & Legacy
Love, Life & Legacy
Fear, Faith & Fruition
Fear, Faith & Fruition
Fear, Faith & Fruition

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Akeem Haynes Topic Presentations

The Relentless Pursuit To Be the Best

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • A presentation based on motivation, perseverance, leadership, and believing in yourself when no one else does. Once homeless, Akeem Haynes tells the story of how he overcame tremendous adversity and setbacks to get to where he is today. Akeem lived in poverty for most of his childhood with a single parent, often not knowing when the next meal would come. His family immigrated to Canada from Jamaica, and raised in Yellowknife and Calgary, Akeem grew up quickly and embraced being the man of his household.

    He had to adjust to Canadian culture quickly, often dealing with racism and exclusion, while continuously having to prove himself. He uses his story to offer the audience inspiration on how to develop and maintain a positive attitude no matter what is going on in their lives. He shows the audience that it was only when he started going outside his comfort zone and faced his fears head-on was when he was able to build the foundation for his success. Akeem Haynes’ presentation explores perseverance, faith over fear, and gratitude for every good and bad experience one goes through. It also explores the important coaches, teachers, mentors and relationships that assited Akeem to become who he is today.

Live Your Story: the Olympic Dream

Own Your Story: the Right Balance

Write Your Story: Adapt, Grow and Succeed

Ja-canada: From Jamaica To Yellowknife To Olympic Medalist

Testimonials

Akeem’s speaking captivates your attention and he always brings a message that feels like it was hand crafted just for your ears. He uses his life experiences, struggles and success to paint a picture of life and what it really takes to achieve what you want from it. When he speaks you can hear the passion behind his words and makes you want to get up and go and light the world on fire. At the same time, he brings a truth that everyone needs to hear.

Ian Warner

CEO and Founder
Kho Health

To have the opportunity to hear Akeem speak is always a highlight to any day. His ability to connect motivation and hard work to attaining goals is truly inspirational. His connection with his audience is so organic and evolves as he starts to reach his clientele. If you have the opportunity to listen to, have this man speak to your work team, or sports team it is an investment of time that is well spent. His ability to help people understand what it means to overcome adversity, face challenges head-on and still achieve at the highest level is beyond inspirational.

Cody Ehrmann

Head Football Coach
Henry Wisewood High School

Akeem is a young man who is wise beyond his years. His story is beyond inspiring, hearing what he’s been through makes you wonder why you complain about anything. A gifted athlete but above that he is a special human being. There aren’t many people who can capture the room as soon as they walk in, His presence is with each word that he says. You can tell that everything he says, he’s lived every minute of it. Akeem is truly a remarkable speaker and the world needs to hear his message. Akeem is worth every single penny and then some. Do yourself a favor and invest in having this young man speak with your company, workers, and leaders.

Keith Luce

Owner and Chef
Tavernetta Restaurant

Akeem is so young and yet so talented. As a University graduate, Olympic Medal-winning athlete, and now a novelist. He has experienced highs through the dedication and determination needed to achieve success, while his life story is one that will truly inspire. Hearing Akeem speak is what I imagine Anthony Robbins to have been like when he first started motivating people. I have been so moved by Akeem’s presentations. I, therefore, give him the highest of recommendations. Look no further for an exceptional motivational speaker.

Tom Higgins

Former Edmonton Eskimos Head Coach (2003 Grey Cup Winner)
Canadian Football League

Mr. Haynes, I would like to applaud you on the impressive speech that you gave in June of 2018 regarding “Mental Health”. I was encouraged to attend your speaking engagement last minute by a friend who was also in attendance. I am extremely glad that I was able to attend, as you exceeded our expectations! From the moment you made your entrance and began speaking, you captured our attention and connected with your audience so very well.

Simon Hodnett

Head Track and Field Coach
Long Island University Brooklyn

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