In an effort to highlight young, up-and-coming athletes with disabilities, we are proud to introduce our Athlete of the Month series. Each month, we will profile a different member of the BlazeSports network.
At just seven years of age, Collin Lancaster is already showing the versatility of a veteran athlete. Collin competes with the Georgia Blazers basketball and track and field teams, and is practicing with the swim team, as well. Though he enjoys all of these sports, Collin says basketball is his favorite. “You never know what you’re going to do or what’s going to happen,” he told me in a phone interview yesterday. “And all of my teammates are really good.”
Last month, Collin made a very successful appearance at the 2011 National Junior Disability Championships in Saginaw, Michigan. Coaches report that he is a gifted racer, but Collin expressed a preference for the field events like discus, shot put, and javelin. And this kid knows his stuff. He engaged me in a discussion of how the rules for measuring javelin throws varies between meets and how he preferred the method used at Junior Nationals (measuring from the middle of the javelin).
I predict that Collin will be an athlete to watch in the years to come. His dedication to sport is clear. When asked about his hobbies outside of BlazeSports, he immediately cited shooting hoops at home as a favorite pastime. With this kind of determination, Mr. Lancaster’s star is surely on the rise.
Congratulations Collin, our August 2011 Athlete of the Month!