Which of your track and field achievements are you most proud of, and why?
The moment I was most humbled and honored by in the sport, was in 2013 at the World Championships in Lyon, France. I was fortunate enough to break the T-44 200m World Record twice within a 24 hour period – The last time, allowed me to bring home my first World Championship gold medal of my career.
What is your greatest strength as a track and field athlete?
Over the years, I have experienced many hardships, both on and off the track. These hardships have truly opened my eyes to a few things that are now very important to me. The greatest one, and one I believe is my greatest strength, is understanding the importance of failure and the ability to learn from it. Denis Waitley once stated, “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” I am NOT a nay-saying, do-nothing, be-nothing kind of guy… I am the best failure I know.
What kind of impact do you want to make on the community through the Georgia Track Club?
I am excited to join together with other great Georgia Olympians and Paralympians to reach out into the community, helping to encourage healthy lifestyles and a hard work ethic. Growing up, I was blessed to have great role models and leaders in my life – I would love, through the platform of the Georgia Track Club, to “pay it forward” and be able to be that role model or leader for the next generation of kids and athletes alike.