Bobby Williams, a local athlete who competes in track got closer to his dreams of competing in the Paralympics when he broke the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals record for the 200 meter run.
Williams, who is on the Mudbug team made of the top members in G.U.M.B.O, recently competed in the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals, an athletic competition for young people who are physically disabled or visually impaired.
The event lasted from July 21 to July 28 and included competitions in sports such as discus, archery, track, and shot put. Competitors had to meet a number of qualifications, so the event featured some of the best athletes in the nation. Williams was thrilled to be a part of such a big competition.
“He had fun, and he was excited” said his mother, Demetress Bradshaw.
Williams competed in several events including shot put, discus, and long jump, and the 100 and 200 meter runs. He placed second in both the shot put and long jump and third in the discus.
The races, however, were where he truly shined. He came first in the 100 meter with a time of 13.58. He came first in the 200 meter with a time of 28.05. He broke last year’s record of 29.15. He and his mother were ecstatic.
“He was happy and he really wanted to break the 100 record, but he was excited he got first place,” said Bradshaw.
Williams enjoyed getting to compete in the competition and have the experience. Bradshaw was very proud of how well he did and appreciative of the opportunity.
“It was just awesome for him to be out there with lots of other kids he could really compete against,” she said. “I was real proud for him.”
Williams made some big accomplishments in this competition, but this isn't the end by any means. He hopes to continue growing as an athlete, competing and doing even better.
“He wants to get better and better for every competition, and I told him if he wants to get better, he has to work harder and harder,” said Bradshaw.
Competing in these sports is something Williams really enjoys, and he hopes to keep at it for a long time to come.