Hertfordshire Humans – Just Being

My 4th hertfordshire human is a Joe Strong and frankly he is a inspiration to us all….I asked Joe to write a paragraph about himself …read on….Joe’s Motto – “Trust the Process” – I feel like it is important to recognise that results don’t always come naturally, instead we have to focus on the process and those supporting us and results will eventually come.

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From when I tried to use a sprint start on sports day in primary school, there was always a hint of the sportsperson in me. However, for someone with Cerebral Palsy, a disability which effects the movement of my muscles, becoming a sprinter was a bit of a surprise. All throughout primary school, I had played sports with everyone else, with the avenue into disability athletics only coming in Year 8, when my PE teacher Mrs Mitchinson to a few of us to a Paralympic legacy event. This introduced me to my first coach, Ros, who gave me the opportunity to compete nationally from Day 1. Eventually after 3 years of hard work, I was given the opportunity to compete for England at the CPISRA World Games in 2015 where I won 3 Gold Medals and a Silver. 2016 was a year in which I did not see any progress and led me to change coaches to Jake, my current coach. The training environment I am in now has led to PB’s of 14.45s over 100m and 30.44 for 200m, which was good enough for 1st Worldwide for Under-18’s and 14th at senior level.

…..Thank you Joe for sharing this and I am sure people will be motivated and inspired reading this.May18 (1 of 1)-23


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