Developing Mental Fortitude with American Record Holder Chaz Davis
This week on Mobility Athletes Radio, I had the pleasure of speaking with Chaz Davis.
From gym class mile to becoming a Paralympian, this athlete is a force to be reckoned with. Chaz first noticed a debilitating brightness in his right eye while sitting in class in his freshman year at the University of Hartford. Davis was eventually diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a rare disease that destroys the optic nerve in the eye and can result in sudden vision loss.
Chaz discusses the initial setbacks he encountered which resulted in a brief hiatus from running before returning to the sport. He was then able to compete in his collegiate track and cross country programs as well as earn a nomination to his first U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Chaz is an American Record holder in the 1500m, 5000m, and marathon disciplines for T-12 classification. Personal Bests: 1500m-3:58 5000m-14:48 Marathon-2:31
Today, Davis holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver and currently resides in Boston with his girlfriend and guide dog. We are looking forward to following along on his upcoming journey to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
You do not want to miss the details of Chaz’s key pieces of advice: If you can find discipline and passion in a sport then you can find success in all facets of your life; Doing it for yourself is the only way to get it done; If you want solid performances you have to be consistent by having discipline within your passion.
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