Our April influencer of the month, Will Dodge-Smith, is a participant in the INBF Body Building Competition circuit, having competed in Edmonton last October and taking part in the upcoming May Calgary competition. This is impressive in itself, but when you consider that Will has Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder that effects his balance, speech and fine motor skills, it is truly remarkable. Due to his condition, Will needs to expend nearly ten times more energy than someone without Celebral Palsy, and yet he still manages to work out four – five times per week.
Will considers the Rocky Franchise and Forrest Gump as significant influencers in his life, as they are both about underdogs who work hard to rise to great success. Will also credits his inner circle (which includes, in addition to family and friends, his trainer, massage therapist and his competition trainer) for their love and support in his journey.
Thanks to Will for letting us get to know him a bit more:
Describe your ideal day and night in Calgary
I would start my day by getting up and going for a walk in Fish Creek Park and then doing a workout in my basement. Then, I would go to a matinee at the movie theatre before getting together with family and friends. I also love the Calgary Stampede and could go every day if I had the chance.
If you could spend an afternoon with any Canadian, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
I’d spend an afternoon with one of my all-time favourite actors Michael J. Fox. He seems like a guy who would be really easy to get along with. I’d like to ask him about what it was like to film movies like Back to the Future (my favourite movie series) and how having Parkinson’s has inspired him.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of competing in a bodybuilding competition and showing different types of people that anything is possible no matter what your abilities or disabilities are.