Here are the responses and a little more info on him as a person. Thank you for this honor. He will be embarrassed, but I know inside he is proud beyond belief!
We want to get to know you!…Tell us a little about yourself!
My parents brought me home from Haiti when I was almost 2. They didn’t know it at the time, but later discovered I have a condition known as Schizencephaly. It’s a brain anomaly which occurs in utero, and the most commonly known effect as it relates to me is Cerebral Palsy. It makes many routine things a lot harder for me, since I have difficulty speaking, and my right side is weaker than my left, but I try not to let it get me down. I have normal goals and want to do normal things like everyone else. I love football even though I can’t play competitively, so I’m focused on running, which is pretty cool since I could barely walk when I came home. I’m a sprinter on my track team and am using CrossFit as a way to get stronger for each season, as I continue to grow.
How did you get started with CrossFit?
I started working out and really enjoyed it, so I told my dad I wanted to get bigger, faster and stronger, and he brought me here. That’s when I met Ashley and Kirk, and my life changed in a lot of awesome ways.
Favorite movement or workout?
“Heavy Day”-pushing the sleds.
Least favorite movement or workout?
Long term and short term goals:
To gain more muscle mass for next track season and work on my explosiveness, or ‘jump’, out of the blocks.
What would you tell someone that is on the fence about CrossFit and is scared to try?
The workouts prepare you for more sports, or fitness related activities, than regular weight lifting, are easy to learn, and sometimes they’re even fun!
What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
I’ve gained much more confidence interacting with people, and communicating to get my questions answered and help encourage other members.
Who are 3 people you look up to and why?
Usain Bolt-He’s the greatest sprinter in the world and I want to be like him.
Kali Muscle-He inspired me to work out, because he’s in great shape, has lots of muscle and those are the things I want, as well as to be fast.
Clay Cook-He is my best friend and has always been beside me; he also enjoys working out, which a lot of kids don’t like to do.
What do you love most about CrossFit 317?
The workouts are challenging and the members and staff are all helpful and nice.
What is a quote or motto that you live by?
Don’t. E-V-E-R. Give. Up.