Local athlete welcomed home after shining in IWAS Youth World Games

He's competed in state tournaments, the Boilermaker and countless other big events, now local athlete Jason Robinson can add competing on the world stage to that list.

Posted: Jul. 6, 2018 11:33 PM
Updated: Jul. 6, 2018 11:44 PM

Westmoreland star Jason Robinson got a huge welcome home after competing in the International Wheelchair and Aputee Sports World Games and he came back from Ireland with some extra luggage.

"When I first went, I didn’t expect anything I just wanted to go compete," said Jason. "I wanted to post good times and those good times ended up getting me medals, so that’s awesome."

"So I know Jason took four bronze and one silver," said Mike Wessing, one of Jason's track coach at Westmoreland High School. "The silver was in the 1500 meter, where he did a personal record in that and the last day he had the 400, another personal record which was a bronze."

"When the kids came home to me they said how do he do?" said Jason's aunt Andrea Voorhees. "I said four bronze, one silver in five races. They were like OH, OK. That's Jason."

His family says he has always been destined for greatness.

"When he was a little boy and he was crawling around, then we knew we could never walk, and he went up two flights of stairs," said Jason's great-uncle. "When he was that small, we knew he was gonna be something special."

"He’s got that drive, he really does," said Jason's dad Jamie. "At this age, at 15 to be able to compete and do what he did you can’t teach that to someone. It’s something that they have to have inside and it’s there."

Jason was escorted by local fire departments from the Thruway exit to the high school, where family and friends were waiting.

"We are so proud of Jason," said Sam Wessing, another track coach. "He has worked hard from day one on our team. It’s always fun to see him out on the track because you know every single race he’s going to bring his best."

"This community goes above and beyond and I never would’ve thought they would’ve did what they did here today," added Jamie.

"Yeah I was totally surprised," said Jason. "I didn’t expect any of this. It’s so amazing. They’re just so supportive and they’re so awesome and I’m just so grateful.

Even more amazing, after competing all week and travelling home on Friday, Jason will be ready to race in Boilermaker bright and early Sunday morning.

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