Martial artist hopes to compete in Paralympics

HAMILTON, Ohio — A teenage martial artist from Hamilton is hoping to make his mark and encourage others with disabilities as he goes out for the US Paralympic staff.

Austin Osner, 15, is a Taekwondo champion who simply positioned third in a global competitors. He began learning martial arts when he was youthful to be taught self-defense and for the self-discipline the game supplies. Nonetheless, Osner tackles the game otherwise than others.

Osner was born with a part of his proper arm lacking attributable to a situation known as amniotic band syndrome. The situation hasn’t slowed him down although as he is earned awards on the state, regional and nationwide ranges.

“After I first began getting used to combating with one arm, I used to be combating individuals with two arms and it by no means actually bothered me,” he stated.

Osner trains three hours a day, 5 days every week, whereas he takes courses on-line by way of the Ohio Digital Academy. He stated his purpose is to compete on the Paralympics.

“Whether or not that be Paris in ’24 or Los Angeles in ’28,” Osner stated. “If I may obtain that purpose, I’d be very pleased with myself. I’d be pleased with all of the work I’ve put in. That’s once I know all the pieces I’ve accomplished the previous 5 years have actually meant a lot.”

Now, Osner needs others with disabilities to know it is attainable to win on the elite degree.

“Individuals have a look at disabilities otherwise,” Osner stated. “You realize so long as you preserve a superb mindset nobody’s going to cease you on the finish of the day.”