Introducing Joshua Kennison from Norway, Maine. Josh is a track star, Camp No Limits mentor, and an incredible role model for young aspiring athletes.
What sports do you play? I am a track and field athlete. I run the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. In my free time I also play soccer, basketball and frisbee.
What is your sports story? I’ve always been an athlete ever since I could walk. In middle and high school, I played soccer and ran track. During those years, I never had fancy running legs. In 2008 I started the process of getting some running legs. In 2009, I ran my first track meet for the Paralympics. Ever since then, I have been traveling nationally and internationally, and in 2012 I was one of the top five in my classification in the 100 and 200. I just missed qualifying for the 2012 London Games.
What accomplishments in sports are you most proud of? I am most proud of representing the US in 2013 World Championship. There I won the bronze in the 100 meter dash. In 2012, I l broke the world record in long jump, and I held the record for about a year.
What is your workout schedule? Monday through Friday I train two hours a day on the track. Each session usually includes working on my running technique work, power work where I pull a weight sled, and agility stuff. Every day has it’s own group of muscles I work. Then, Saturday or Sunday is core work.
What songs are on your workout playlist? I only listen to music during my warm-up. I usually listen to hip-hop and R&B. I like a variety.
What’s your mantra that keeps you going during tough workouts or bad days? You can do anything you set your mind to as long as you have a positive mind set.
What superpowers do you possess? I have a sixth sense. I can sense who someone is as a person. I pay attention to the small details.
How would you define ability? I would define ability like this…I think everyone can do anything they set their mind to. It’s up to you. Every day in life I try to make myself happy. When I am happy and positive, I can accomplish a lot more.
How would you define grit? I think grit is messy. It is working so hard that you are reaching for every ounce of energy you can provide yourself.
What advice do you have for other athletes? Help one another. Athletes who care about others and their sport are better people.
Who would you like to thank? I want to thank my mom for sure. She never let me think I couldn’t do something.
You can follow Josh on his road to Rio and beyond on Twitter: @Nubz89 or Instagram: @Nubz8919.
To hear more about Josh’s story in his own words check out KSBW News Report.
UPDATE: You can hear about Josh’s transition from athlete to coach in his recent interview.