To Achieve Greatness
To achieve greatness it not only takes a certain level of physical ability but there is a definite mental discipline and most importantly a confidence
that drives great athletes. New Philadelphia 2016 graduate Daniel Boron has those unique qualities and has goals of getting to the Olympics in Taekwondo.
Boron has been competing since he was 10 years old and has enjoyed a ton of national and international success. He has competed in numerous states around the country accumulating 25 gold medals and 3 silver medals along the way. Daniel has also fought in Poland and Greece and nearly beat Alexey Denisenko (Russia) who is ranked #2 in the world in the M-68 kilogram weight class. Daniel is impressively ranked #8 and in the mist of making the transition to the M-63 kg weight class, where he believes he will be even more successful.
Not only is Daniel a world-class athlete but he also takes time in his busy schedule to give back to kids who have the same goals as he does. He is in the gym all day but half of that day is dedicated to teaching classes to kids. The former Quaker grad works out and trains from 9-11 and 11-3 everyday, then teaches a class from 4:30-7 and another from 7-9. Daniel expressed teaching those kids Taekwondo is his greatest passion after competition and after his competition days are over it's what he will continue to do throughout his life.
His favorite movie is the Karate Kid and one of his childhood idols was Bruce Lee, so Taekwondo is something that's been rooted in him all his life.
Daniel also admits that he dreams big and the combination of the experience he's accumulated by fighting some of the world's best combined with his confidence and worth ethic he believes that the Olympics are inevitable.
Be looking for next week's blog where I will go over the local tournament boys and girls basketball scenarios and predictions and the inaguaral Blog's athlete of the week!