SMALL TOWN, BIG TALENT.
This week we feature our conversation with Derek Woodske [@DerekWoodske], NCAA All-American and National Champ in track and field. Although Derek has proven himself a standout athlete and strength coach to boot, there’s something else that makes him unique. Having grown in a small British Columbia town with a population of 250, Derek had limited exposure to athletic talent or even competition for perspective.
A 16-year-old and 185 lb Derek Woodske did a barbell back squat for the first time in his life at a local fair. After successfully completing 425 lbs, no one in his small town seemed to bat an eye. It was only by chance, circumstance, and one whopper of a lie did Derek make it out of his insulated community and on to compete in hammer throwing at the highest levels.