Derek

derek

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 20 years ago. As a child, I always made it a point to do everything all the other kids did because I didn’t want my disease to hold me back. I played baseball, basketball, and football before finding my niche in high school. I acquired seven state titles in shot put and discus, two Nike All American titles in shot put, and broke the indoor NYS shot put record in high school. I attained a full scholarship to the University of Mississippi where I earned  NCAA All American status and set a new shot put record that still holds to date.
After college, I decided to follow in my father’s footsteps and give natural bodybuilding a go. While this sport takes just as much time and dedication as shot put and disc, it is less stressful on my body, and something I can incorporate into my daily life. I have turned my passion for body building into a successful career as a personal trainer.  Currently a Pro Natural Bodybuilder.

How do you inspire others?
This sounds sorta pompous but I want to be the best at everything I do because it shows kids and even adults with type 1 that this is not a life sentence. We can play any sport,  have any job,  do anything  we put our minds to and also excel in them!!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Personally, I’m not one for fighting, but if I had to choose, I would have to go with 100 ducks. I wouldn’t want to risk a horse-sized duck nibbling at my face, it is an integral part of my bodybuilding shows!


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