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Antonio Deandre Martin

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Melanie, stepdaughters Asia'anna and Destiny, son Anthony
Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para powerlifting in Saginaw, MI, United States of America, in 2017.
Why this sport?
Five years after he was a shot, a friend suggested he take up shot put. He signed up for and won a local event that also featured a powerlifting competition, which he also won. "I didn't know how much weight to put on the bar. I hadn't trained in five years since I got injured. I had just been playing video games. Then the lady at the event said, 'Why don't we see how high you can go?' So we kept adding weight and I got to 430 pounds. Then they didn't have any more weight, so I had to stop. A lot of people were there, and the guys were tripping at what I had lifted. People train their whole lives to try to hit that lift, and there I was fresh off the couch lifting it."
Name of coach
Julius Maddox
Training Regime
He says he does not follow an official training programme. "I'm pretty much self-taught. I look at YouTube videos and see what people are doing. I try things, and whatever works for me, that's what I do."

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
United States
Location
Bogotá, COL

General interest

Hobbies
Wheelchair basketball, spending time with family. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never quit. Never give up. You can always inspire, not just yourself, but others to keep going, to keep chasing that road to greatness." (barbend.com, 20 Jul 2020)
Other sports
He competed in shot put in the 2017 Thunder in the Valley Games in Saginaw, MI, United States of America. Before his accident he played professional indoor American football. (Facebook profile, 18 Jun 2017; barbend.com, 20 Jul 2020)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (logan.edu, 01 Aug 2019)
Impairment
In 2012 he attempted to break up a fight while working as a bouncer at a bar in Detroit, MI, United States of America, and was shot in the back. He has paraplegia as a result of the injuries he sustained. (YouTube channel, 18 Dec 2018, 23 Nov 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He is the founder and chief executive officer of Bros 2 Pros Sporting Agency and Mentoring, which focuses on enhancing life for young people through sport. He has also founded fitness brand Raw Natural Strength. (Facebook page, 23 Jan 2019; Bros 2 Pros Sporting Agency Instagram profile, 16 Oct 2020; Instagram profile 2, 16 May 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He and his wife Melanie plan to publish a book together, and are both are certified relationship coaches and ordained ministers. (logan.edu, 01 Aug 2019)