Stephen Abosi will run the 60m at the upcoming Harry Jerome Indoor Games presented by TELUS on February 3 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. He has a best time of 6.79 seconds for the indoor 60m sprint this season and might well threaten the meet record of 6.89 seconds.
Formerly, on the UBC Thunderbirds men's track and field team, he is now a first year law student at the University of Calgary.
This interview was facilitated by UBC's Wilson Wong last year.
Coming from Botswana, how did you wind up at UBC?
Stephen Abosi: "I actually went to school in Malaysia, and there was a UBC recruiter who came there. So, I came all the way here for that."
Growing up, did your family speak English primarily? Do you know any other languages?
Stephen Abosi: Yeah, first language – Botswana is a British colony from the past, so our first language is English. I speak Japanese, strangely enough, and a bit of my native language. [With Japanese,] I taught myself for a bit, and then when I came to UBC, I took some courses here.
What's your favourite food from back home that you can't always get out here?
Stephen Abosi: "Ooh, that's a tough one. They have this thing – it's like pulled pork, but it's pulled meat. It's like a dried, pulled meat that's really nice."
Track athletes are notorious for listening to music to warm up for a race – what are you listening to right now?
Stephen Abosi: "Currently bumping Anderson Paak. He's kind of an up-and-coming musician - he's really good."
You're getting your degree in political science, with a minor in law. What are you planning on doing with that once you graduate?
Stephen Abosi: "I'm hoping to go into law school, but we'll see. It's a process."
Abosi will face competition from younger athletes like Amarveer Sandhu from Universal Athletics. This 19 year old has personal bests of 10.87 for the 100m and 21.76 for the 200m.