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Special Olympics: Athlete Brent Kampert

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It’s important to focus on the finish and victory, as well as the will to win.

Some are born with it, and others learn to harness it. That's the case with Crystal Lake’s Brent Kampert.

He's been competing in Special Olympics for 16 years, but his mom said he just needed to focus to reach that next level. With the help of Team Illinois and an old friend, Brent is more focused than ever.

At the Charter Fitness in Crystal Lake, Illinois, just watching Brent Kampert train for the USA games can be exhausting.

"He’s a dynamic athlete," said one man.

And he's focused.

"It’s always eye on the prize for the USA games next month," said Brent's friend Jeff Gardiner.

Brent has been training with Gardiner and it has helped him a lot, as well as prepared the Team Illinois athlete for the games next month.

"He’s a really fast kid," added Gardiner.

He’s always been fast, but not always focused. However, that changed when Brent began his training.

"Brent has become a lot stronger. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually," said Brent’s mom Jan Kampert.

Jan also said Special Olympics not only changed Brent’s life, but the lives around them.

"It's like another family, you are in another circle,” added Jan.

Part of that circle is of course Gardiner.

"The way I look at it, we have a goal, and he's going to accomplish it," said Gardiner.

Brent asked Gardiner to help him train for the USA games late last year. The two have been grinding out sets in the gym ever since.

"Jeff has been terrific," said Brent.

Gardiner expressed just as much love back at Brent.

"He’s a phenomenal, caring guy to begin with," added Gardiner.

Aside from sharing the spirit of competition, Brent also shares his veteran leadership with teammates.

"To me, sportsmanship is a big factor in any sport. You are showing other people you made it here too, so you are doing great," said Brent. "We are all in it together Team Illinois. Let's do it for god, family, friends and everyone we know."

In regards to Brent’s leadership, his track coach Ricky Esterquest told FOX 32 News that Brent mentors those just getting into Special Olympics by creating relationships. He's said to be very good at that as well.

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