Maddie Jackson - Alabama Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nominated by Ashley Jackson Coach/Mom Photography by Monica Dooley Photography Issue 29 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: As Maddie’s XC and Track Coach, Maddie has been inspiring others with her running ability for several years. Her hard work and dedication began when she was 8. She has earned All-State honors since she was 12. She is a true leader on and off the track. She is active in her church youth group and has a love of hunting. As Maddie’s mom she inspires me daily with all she does while still maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Coaching your own child is one of the hardest things to do. By me nominating her, it’s just one of the many ways for me to let her know how proud I am of her and that I will always be her biggest fan!
Image by Monica Dooley Photography
What inspired you to start running? My mom inspired me to start running. I started running 5k’s when I was 7 years old and then loved it from then on.
I can relate to you with having your mom as your coach, my mom coached my cheerleading squad for 7 years! I always loved having her around. Did you like having your mom as the coach? Yes! I loved having her around she always pushed me harder and she knew what I was capable of doing.
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What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished, and how did you do it? The hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished is winning a state championship in 8th grade. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. We practiced every day and as hard as we could.
What was it like growing up in Alabama? Growing up in Alabama is amazing. We live on a farm, so you have so much room to do pretty much everything. There are animals everywhere and I love animals!
Tell us a little bit about what your hunting experiences are like. My hunting experiences are great! You get up really early and you’re done like 3 hours later and if you kill something you get to cook it and eat it!
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What is something you will always remember from your childhood? Something from my childhood I’ll always remember is being at the state track meet and getting a text that our house burnt down. It’s special to me because we had lived in that house my entire life.
Maddie will be featured in Issue 29 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!