Saturday, August 28, 2010

Czech This Out!

It's been a long couple of weeks.  The trip to the Czech Republic seemed like it took forever.  Though it was only 12 days, so much was packed in to those 12 days that it made each single day feel like 2 or 3.  It was really a wonderful experience getting to see the ancient city of Prague though, and the Terizen Prision Camp and three castles we went to see were completely worth the hard work that was put in to the trip. 

Now a little about the competition.

World Games 2010 consisted of just over 200 athletes representing 25 countries.  In the swimming meet, the United States took home 9 medals (though how many were gold, silver, and bronze escapes me).  So, needless to say, it was a very good meet for the swimmers. 

Track athletes had some good luck on their side too.  Though again, exact medal count escapes me.  We always have great track athletes though.  We breed 'em good in the U.S.A.

Field went extremely well, with at least 7 medals going to the United States, three of which were gold.

A huge shout out goes to my buddy Stephen, who was sick all week and still was able to pull himself together well enough to take gold in the discus throw.  'Atta boy Stephen!

As for me, my current world rankings for the U20 age group are: 5th place- discus, 3rd place- shot put, and 1st place- javelin.

It was a really good trip.  Hopefully I can go again for World Games 2011 in Dubai!!!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Crunch Time!

Things are heating up! With just two days till I fly out to Prague, Czech Republic, and my last practice with Coach Roger and Adam Saldana behind me, the pressure, suspense, and excitement is building tremendously!

Today was a big day.  I woke up this morning and did a throwing practice for the last time under Coach Charter (a.k.a. "Mini Fridge", though don't call him that to his face, as he can pack quite a punch).  It was a good practice, as I feel I'm peaking at just the right time for World's.  Sad, however, was Roger's reaction after practice when he watched his "two favorite athletes" climb down out of their Field chairs for the last time "under his power".  I don't know if I've ever seen a guy with such big shoulders tear up like that before.  Come to think of it, yes I have (Roger's kind of a sappy guy).  After eleven years of coaching me, and four years coaching Adam, he talked a lot in our last little pep-talk about how far he's seen us come and how he believes in us, as he always has, even when we sometimes didn't believe in ourselves.

Later in the afternoon I met up with the head coach of Team USA (and my personal OKC coach) Denise Hutchens to pick up my USA jersey, and other clothes.  It's really nice to, after eight months of practicing, finally see what I hope I'll be wearing on the gold medal stand.

Lord willing my next post will be from the Czech.  :)

Psalm 18:49- "Therefore I will praise you among the nations, oh Lord;  I will sing praises to your Name."

Psalm 30:12- "...that my heart may sing and not be silent.  Oh LORD, my God, I will give thanks to you forever."

Czech Republic- 2 days

First day of Class- 18


Friday, August 6, 2010

Transition Time

Seeing as this blog was only created less than a week ago, I don't expect that a lot of people will be reading in, but I though it would be fun to do another post (a REAL post) anyway.

The famous "transition period" from high school to college has started!  It's a time when young students such as myself pack up all their belongings, wave so-long to their parents and pets, and move on to another phase of their lives.  Most students, however, don't have to do this transition phase with a big overseas trip looming immediately before it.

As you guys probably already know, I'm headed to World Games in the Czech Republic in barely more than a week, and I have to have all my stuff packed up before I go.  How does one do this without losing his mind?  Easy answer, he loses his mind first, then he gets to packing.  I'm semi-prone to panic attacks, and believe me, a few have hit (though not real bad) the past few days.  Gearing up to go overseas as 1 of only 18 athletes in the United States to represent, in my opinion, the world's greatest country on foreign soil in the form of "sport" is enough pressure, but knowing the whole time I'm there that as soon as I land back home I am moving and starting another challenge-filled portion of my life is a pretty daunting thought.

I don't want it to sound at all like I'm not thrilled about all that's happening in my life; because even through the panic attacks, the ever-constant question of, "Does this shirt go in suitcase, or a box?", and the still 3 practices left I have with Coach Roger and Adam, I'm still completely excited that I've been given the opportunities God has so generously blessed me with.  There are billions of athletes on this planet, and I know that the LORD has given me the opportunity to be 1 of 18 to do this competition, and I'm eternally grateful for that.

I guess the point I'm getting at is that I hope and pray, as I hope you are too, that I will be able to rise to these occasions flying my way.  I've been given great chances to "show my stuff" in life, and I really hope that I don't drop the ball on this one.  In the very back of my mind, I guess I'm worried that I will.  Confidence is something I'm not lacking, but I don't have an overwhelming sense of it either.  There's a lot coming my way, especially in the next 4 or so weeks, and I guess no matter how confident a person may seem to be on the outside, nervousness is ALWAYS a factor.

Czech Republic: 8 Days

First Day of School/Basketball: 24 Days


Thursday, August 5, 2010


Hey guys, welcome to my blog!  I've been wanting to set up one of these for a few months now.  It should make it much easier for you guys to follow not only what's going on in my athletic life, but also what's going on in the disabled sporting world in general.  There are a lot of things going on in the exciting and ever changing world of sport!

I plan to use this site to inform people of Team USA info. and events, as well as to let you know about when the University of Missouri's wheelchair basketball team has stuff going on.  I'll post seasonally schedules, give inside looks about MIZZOU, and other teams, and post anything else regarding those subjects.

Thanks for reading!