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Ardmore’s Braydon Whitthorne Athlete Spotlight Presented by Henry Roberts Express Pharmacy

High school athletes can have a number of people that they look up to as role models. Some may be people that are part of their everyday life, while others may look up to college and professional athletes. The athlete that had the biggest impact on Braydon Whitthorne’s life is a former NBA superstar.

“My biggest influence or role model is Kobe Bryant,” he said. “He was very passionate and obsessed with the game of basketball. Even though it’s a different sport, the mindset he had helped me carry that kind of mindset into running.”

Whitthorne is a senior at Ardmore High School. He is a member of the cross country and track teams. 

There have been countless hours that Braydon has invested so that he can be at his best when he steps on the course or the track. 

“For me to be successful in running it has taken early mornings, late nights, consistency, and discipline,” he said. “It’s not easy running everyday, but it’s what needs to be done in order to be successful. I don’t have motivation everyday that comes and goes, so at the end of the day discipline is more important and has been very instrumental to me and the things i’ve accomplished.”

Throughout his career, there have been a lot of things that Whitthorne has learned, both as an athlete and as a person. He has one that he wants to share with whoever needs to hear it.

“For those that think something is not achievable or too far out of their reach, they need to stay consistent in training or whatever they do,” Whitthorne stated. “Don’t compare yourself to others,  it’s the thief of joy. Stay committed. The real level of commitment is staying true to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left.”

When Braydon laces up his shoes and prepares for competition, he knows that he is there for more than just himself and his team.

“Representing my school and community when I run is very important to me,” he said. “It means to be a role model and leader to my teammates and the runners in middle school.”

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