Being a track athlete has helped me get through Dyslexia and other challenges in life."
Omololu Abiodun is a 22 year old Sprinter from Britain, with grass roots from Nigeria. He is ranked 4th in the country for the 200m dash. His speed and determination to succeed on and off the track makes him this week's Motivational Mckoy Monday!
Growing up was extremely hard and frustrating for Omololu. He continuously struggled with his studies and tried to catch up to other students in his class. In fact, the hurt and pain still affects him to this day.
-"I've always been ashamed of it. I just couldn't understand why I'm so different than everyone else. How would I adapt to society.? Would I be able to get a job in the future??"
As Omololu became older, he realized he had a true calling. A calling that would help him cope with obstacles in his life and and help find his "Learning Advantage." That calling was Running! When he ran, he was free from the pain he felt inside and his confidence started to build tremendously. Because of his new found confidence, he felt comfortable sharing his story and owning his truth.
-"I love to share my story and journey on how I deal with Dyslexia. I truly think being Dyslexic is a blessing from God. I always had to work hard and now I use that same work ethic on the track. As I started to open up to others, I realized that many people have Dyslexia. I'm not ashamed about it any more! However, I often wonder.. I'm I the only dyslexic sprinter in the country?"
Other than becoming one of the fastest men in the world, Omololu dreams of helping other aspiring athletes discover their "Learning Advantage" so they can be confident and resilient just like he is.
Today, Omololu is training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. I wish you all the best on your journey!