It is only fitting that with UPS’s expansive global reach as the Official Logistics and Express Delivery Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games, it also has UPS people vying to qualify for the games themselves. Qualifying to compete in the Olympics is no easy feat. Part-time UPSer and full-time Olympic hopeful Alvin Miles has set his sights on making it onto the U.S. Track and Field team that will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Miles, a part-time supervisor at the Raleigh, NC Hub, is an NCAA Division II Men’s track and field team champion. He saw success in the 400m hurdles event as a freshman in college, and is now looking to compete for the gold in London.
He is a nine-time All-America athlete in the high jump, 1,600-meter relay, and 400-meter hurdles.
Clearing the Olympic Hurdles
The road to the Olympics is never an easy one. “The competitiveness is always there,” Miles explains as he describes the many obstacles along the way. “The greatest challenge I’ve faced is one of sponsorship and the financial hurdles to travel to the competitions.” Despite the challenges, the countdown to the Olympics continues. “The training is going well.” Miles is preparing for the final opportunities for Olympic qualification and is ready to go. At the beginning of the year he was ranked 5th in the world for the 400-meter hurdles.
“Lead your heart”
Many fellow UPSers provide Miles with encouragement. He is also encouraged by the prospect of making the Olympic team, as well as knowing he has the support of his UPS partners. He also notes the connection between his sport and his UPS career. “I know how hard I train, and this translates into perseverance and focus. It carries over into your work, and into your work ethic.”
“When you have a vision or goal, don’t let obstacles stand in the way, or take you away from the opportunity you have. You must lead your heart, don’t let your heart lead you. Know where you are going—focus on the goal.”
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