Athlete of the Week: Brock Holman bleeds Husky blue

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

"When you're going down the track and you hear all the cheers, it just motivates you more and makes you go harder," says Eau Claire North's track and field athlete, Brock Holman.

Freshman Brock Holman never imagined he would be a state qualifier in high school track and yet that's who he is thanks to an idea from physical education teacher, Adam Sturgis.

"I thought it was a really cool thing but I thought it would be really hard," adds Holman.

Sturgis thought otherwise.

"This is a kid who bleeds Husky blue and he deserves to be an athlete, a Varsity athlete through North athletics."

With the help of Variety, a Children's Charity of Wisconsin, Brock was presented a racing chair. Brock, Sturgis, and the coaching staff had to stumble a bit just to get going.

"We had a couple laughs and then I did that a couple of times and then you just get so used to it," says Holman.

Now with the wheels rolling Brock says aside from the cheers, there's nothing quite like racing.

"It's game day when you're just excited to race. And when that final gun goes off, it's just go time and you do your best," adds Holman.

And that's when all eyes turn to Brock.

"It's true, the meet does stop," says teammate Anthony Miloszewicz. "Everyone turns to look at him, even if you're about to jump or something in the pit, you turn just to watch him. He's an inspiration on everyone.

"He's still out there doing what he loves, not letting anything stop him," adds teammate Hannah Brommer, "And that also gives an inspiration to those with a disability or without to go out and do what they want to do."

While Brock's teammates have the use of their legs for shot-put, Brock relies solely on his upper body strength.

"And they're like 'you're an inspiration to this whole team and that makes me really happy when I feel like that."

Sturgis hopes this is just the beginning, and Brock is leading the way.

"Hopefully these coaches might be able to see a kid roll through the hallways and stop to talk to them," says Sturgis. "I really do think they will. It does take a little bit extra work but these are good coaches that do have the best interests of the student athlete."

As for Brock, he hopes to also inspire the disabled community.

"Even though I have a disability that I can do stuff that other people can do and it sends a pretty big message to people that if they have a son or daughter, that they can be in track and it's a really cool thing."

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