5 Things You Need to Know About Guest Blogger Raymond Martin

By Raymond Martin

May 3, 2017

Topics: Wheelchair Sports

  • Track and field from the beginning. I started adaptive sports when I was five years old. The first sport I picked up was track and field, followed by swimming, archery, table tennis, sledge hockey, and others. You name it, and I have probably tried it. After high school I cut the number of sports I competed in to one; the one where it all began: track and field. Eighteen years later I still find myself loving every minute I am out doing laps on the track.
  • Contrary to popular belief, I am not fluent in Japanese. This false fact about myself started circulating about two years ago because of an article similar to this one, written by someone else. I’m not sure how this became public information, but I have taken two semesters of Japanese in college and can have a brief conversation in Japanese, but to say I am fluent in it is giving me far more credit than I deserve.
  • I’m working toward being a Physician Assistant. Physician assistants are often thought to be just that – an assistant to a physician. The PA field is plagued with a bad name, given that they are just thought of as assistants, even though they have advanced medical degrees. In short, PAs are the master’s degree equivalents of MDs. They do have to work under a supervising physician, but they are often given autonomy to diagnose and treat everyday illnesses.
  • I’m currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois. Future PA students have to get a bachelor’s degree, so I chose to plant myself at the University of Illinois to get a bachelor’s in kinesiology. Kinesiology is the study of human movement, which falls perfectly in line with my career as a professional athlete. I am fortunate enough to learn about all of the things that go on behind the scenes of professional athletics, and I get to see what I learn in the classroom in a real world setting. I am also fortunate that the University of Illinois is home to one of the most renowned wheelchair racing programs in the world.
  • I drink a lot of coffee. In fact, I am having a cup as I am writing this. I’m probably having a cup as you’re reading this. I have the daunting task of graduating this December, which means I have to finish my Kinesiology requirements as well as my PA school prerequisites by the end of the calendar year. In addition to my academic obligations, I have to train anywhere from six to ten sessions a week to stay in competitive shape. I have anywhere from 2-4 cups of coffee per day to keep me on top of my never ending to-do list.

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Raymond Martin

Raymond Martin

Raymond Martin, 23, is a Paralympic track and field athlete. Raymond is a sponsored athlete through Team Invacare.

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