Filipino American Jersey City native Raymond Martin was recognized by Jersey City Council as an Olympic hero last night after winning two golds and one silver for team USA at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro called the 22-year-old’s accomplishments an “amazingly extraordinary feat,” adding “You are a shining example of what you put your mind to something and when you work hard. You’re an inspiration.”
In an interview with Hudson County View, Martin explained that his motivation is to simply “never settle for what you can’t do.”
“I just try to do better that what I did yesterday,” stated Martin.
This is a tough mantra to live by since the elite athlete already captured four gold medals at the 2012 London Paralympics and was also the first man to win five individual world titles at a single International Paralympic Committee event.
“I am still chasing a few more records,” the athlete shared.
Hudson County Schools of Technology Superintendent Frank Gargiulo, also a North Bergen commissioner, referred to Martin as “a special person in every way.”
The Paraolympian is already looking forward to 2020 Tokyo and hoping “to come back with some more hardware.”