Interview with Demek Kemp (@meek_ola)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Just the enjoyment of the sport of track and field. It was my second sport and I fell in love with it. I grew up watching my dad coach his high school athletes and win state championships. I thought to my self I could do the same if not better.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Ruptured my patella tendon. Came back not even 12 months out of surgery and became an all American in the 60m.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Just stay focus on their goals. Don’t get obligated to what everyone else is doing and have faith. Run your own race as my mother and father would say. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My coach Tim Langford. He’s really the only coach that had faith in me as a sprinter and to risk and offered me a full scholarship. Without him and his knowledge, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today as a track athlete. I really look up to him as a key role model in my life. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

By giving back knowledge of what I’ve learned over the years. Such as writing training programs and giving advice to younger athletes.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

He who starts behind in the great race of life, must forever remain behind or run faster than the man in front. Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Follow me at meek_oka on twitter and Instagram.

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