Success Story of Joseph Brown
Success Story of Joseph Brown
A short introduction to yourself?
My name is Joe Brown, but I go by JoeTheThrower on most of my social media. I am a post collegiate discus thrower which means I am done with my NCAA eligibility but I am still competing. However I don’t make any money from it at the moment. I was born and raised in Texas and my fiancé is from Hawaii. We have one dog whose name is Kitty. In my free time, I’m either binge watching something on Netflix or Disney+, playing a game called Bloons tower defense 6 on my phone, or gambling away all the money I don’t make at a casino.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning?
I started training in 7th grade when I was 12 years old, but I would hardly call those days training. I was not very good at all and I don’t think I ever even competed at any meets. I didn’t start to enjoy track practice until high school where it was a nice break from football practice during the off season but it still kept me occupied.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in?
Well, in the discus throw, there is really only one style which is the spin technique, but people usually try to make their spin unique to them. As for rank, I’m not really sure there is a ranking system other than the world athletics top lists. According to that list I finished this season at number 10 in the United States.
Are you a member of any sports team? if not have you ever been? : I am not currently, nor have I ever been a member of any professional team or part of any club, but I just registered for the draft of the new league called the TFL so we’ll see how that turns out.
Do you have a favourite sports teacher?
My favorite coach I’ve ever had would have to be Igor Misljenovic. I think I learned the most when I was under his wing in college. He no longer coaches though.
Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past.
My biggest achievement is most likely my d2 national championship title from 2019. I also qualified for and competed at the Olympic trials in 2021 and the USA national championships this year in 2022.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
Even though I do not currently get paid, I do treat sports as a profession. I devote a majority of my time towards it, trying to make improvements.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
In my journey as a thrower I have faced a few challenges that I would consider noteworthy. The first major challenge being making the decision to continue competing after college with no contract and no coach. I was lucky enough to have a position as a graduate assistant with the throws squad at TAMUC during my first year training as a post collegiate, which just so happened to get cut short due to the pandemic in early 2020. Which leads me to a second challenge that we all had to face. Training during the lockdown. During the lockdown, I had to get creative with my training since I no longer had access to any weights or my usual discus ring. I ended up doing lots of bodyweight exercises and I actually ended up losing a lot of weight, which leads me to my next challenge. Being considered small for my sport. I have always been considered too “small” to be a thrower. The smallest I have been in recent years was 6’2” 205lbs. When it comes to injuries I have had plenty of minor ones along the way. Luckily, I really haven’t had any injuries that I would consider “major”.
What motivates you most about your profession?
What motivates me the most is the idea of continually getting better and becoming the best I can be. Progress is exciting to me. Also, The idea of being an example for younger kids to look to and think “hey, he started out just like me. If he can do it, I can too”.
Do you think everybody should practise sports or do you want everyone to learn?
I do think everybody should practice sport at some point in their lives. I think movement is a basic need for humans. I also think the life lessons that sports can teach you are very valuable.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
The win that I am most proud of is the d2 national championship in 2019. That one is special to me because no one really thought that I would be able to pull it off. I was the underdog going into the competition, but I managed to come out on top.
Are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years?
Paris 2024 is my big goal at the moment. I want to be competitive at the Olympic Games. That has always been a dream of mine but now I would like to make it my reality.
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