My name is Jonathan Martin, from Hoover, Alabama, I am the oldest of two children. My track career began in my 7th grade science class when my teacher, who was also the track coach, said Jonathan I want you to come out for track. I said “Yes Sir,” I love the competition of track: the clock, the competitors and myself. I am constantly aiming to get better and am willing to work as hard as I can to be my best.
> From the time I started track my Father made every meet. I remember once he was in another state for a business trip, but he drove 4 hours from his trip to watch me compete and drove back for the rest of his meetings. My Father, my support, my motivator, my coach, my cheerleader, my role model and my best friend, suddenly passed away in October of my freshman year. My world was totally upside down - my family, my classes and my track life. I was devastated and I didn’t know how to go on. I didn’t want to do anything with him - math, track or video games. Honestly, it took me (classes and track) and my family some time to recover, but I realized that Dad is always with me. Before every race, I pound my chest 4 times (because 4 was his number) and point to heaven for God and my Dad.
> Even though I am a junior, I am the leader of my high school track team. I am vocal during meetings, warm ups, workouts and competitions. Often I talk to our coaching staff about how me and my teammates can get better and strategies for meets and races. Diagnosed with a form of Albinism (which effects my skin and vision) I have moved through life with a positive “can-do” and “never give up” attitude. I have a strong work ethic. I am confident I can be a great addition to your track team and I can’t wait to talk to you.