Quadruple amputee takes home bronze at World Championships

Published On: Aug 08 2013 06:59:49 AM HST

A South Paris man is adding his name to the long list of decorated track and field athletes from Maine after winning a bronze medal at the International Paralympic World Championships two weeks ago.

Josh Kennison is a quadruple amputee below his knees and past his elbows. He was also born without part of his tongue and jaw.

Undaunted, Kennison won the bronze in the 100-meter dash.

"I just love the sound of the gun on the track or the whistle," said Kennison.

He ran track and played soccer in high school, but did so on a walking prosthetic. His life changed when he tried what he calls running legs.

"I put them on. All of a sudden I was wanting to run every day. In middle school and high school I had to run in my walking legs. Already had the muscle in my legs, I was just running really fast," said Kennison.

In his first amputee meet, Kennison finished in the top three in two running events. Three years later, he finished in the top three in the world.

"Now that I took home the bronze in the 100, now my name is out there, people know who I am out there, it's exciting,' said Kennison.

Away from the track, Kennison is heavily involved with Camp No Limits, which is geared toward kids with limb loss and their families.

"I just like to inspire the kids, and honestly, that's why I am here today, I love to inspire,' said Kennison.

Kennison said he wants to return to the world championships and possibly the Paralympics in 2016.

"Growing up, my parents never told me I couldn't. I have always tried to have that mindset, once I got into running, there are the guys out there, no knees, whatever there handicap is, out there running. I see kids out there. Really it's the world that inspires me, the people who don't have it as well as I do," said Kennison.


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