orway, ME (August 2, 2013) – Josh Kennison, elite para-athlete from Maine, won the bronze medal in the 100m T43 sprint at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, on July 22. Kennison finished the race in 11.93 seconds, earning the first world championship medal in his career.
Nearly 1,100 athletes from 99 countries competed in the IPC Athletics World Championships July 19 through 28. Kennison was one of six competitors in his division for the 100m sprint, placing third just behind fellow American Blake Leeper who placed second. The winner of the race, Alan Fonteles Oliveira of Brazil, set a new world record with a time of 10.80. Kennison also competed in the 200m sprint, placing fifth with a time of 24.12. He qualified for the World Championships at the US Paralympic Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, and is now focusing on training for the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
“This was my first world meet, and I was just excited to go across the world to compete. Bringing home a medal was a plus,” Kennison says of his time in Lyon. “I’m excited to get back into training in a few weeks and get ready for the 2014 season.”
Kennison’s future goals include becoming the best US sprinter in his class, medaling at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships and also winning a medal at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. For now, Kennison will take some time off from training to visit Camp No Limits, an organization he has been involved with since 2005 that supports children and families with limb loss. Kennison also works with the Never Say Never Foundation to provide support for amputees, and is a recipient of the 2010 Amway Hero Award.
Despite being born without feet, arms, tongue or half of his jaw, Kennison never let anything stand in his way. After becoming a member of the USA Paralympic Track Team, he won four medals at the 2010 Endeavor Games, and broke the world record for the long jump with a distance of 5.54 meters at the 2013 Desert Challenge Games. Even more remarkable than his athletic prowess is his positive spirit.
When asked about what words he lives by, Kennison remarked, “You can do anything you set your mind to as long as you have the right mindset.”
On Friday, August 16, 2013 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., fans can connect with Kennison at Norway Savings Bank located at 261 Main Street in Norway, Maine where he will be signing autographs. Norway Savings Bank is proud to sponsor Josh Kennison, and looks forward to seeing him continue to excel in the future.
Josh Kennison’s results from the World Championships are available for viewing at http://www.paralympic.org/events/lyon-2013/live-results. For more information about the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships, please visit http://www.paralympic.org/Events/Lyon2013.