Every week we want to honor those athletes that have inspired us and keep us inspired.
This week, we honor Joel Williamson. When I grow up I want to be like Joel. At just a “few” years older than me, he throws around the iron like it’s nothing and always comes back for more. He understands the work that needs to be done in order to go to achieve a goal. A perfect example is earlier this month when Joel competed in the “Red Dirt Classic”, his first competition. Joel took the “Movement Standards” List for the competition and worked on every movement weeks before competition day to make sure he had the movements down. The most impressive thing about that is that he acknowledged his weakness, put a target on it, and worked to improve it. Too many times a lot of us just keep doing what we’re good at and shy away from our weaknesses. Not Joel. Joel knew that if he wanted to be successful he needed to put in the hard, grinding work to improve himself. It paid off. In his first competition he came in fourth place and almost made the podium but missed it by a few seconds… in the last event! But no worries, I totally expect him to compete again and podium. One last thing that I admire about Joel, that needs to be said, is how active he is outside of the box. In addition to making the weights cry at the gym by his sheer awesomeness, Joel’s other life is being somewhat of a skydiving master! And by master, I mean, “I just jumped out of a plane 13 times this weekend…with a squirrel suit on… and my parachute failed but no biggie because I managed to untangle it” master.
Keep up the hard work Joel!
Chris Aguayo – Coach