Jane Dore joined FHC over a year ago after working with Personal Trainer Adriana Medina to prepare for the Washington State Physical Abilities Test (PAT) she had to pass in order to enter the Police Academy. She is 54 years old and patrols downtown Seattle. When Jane was in her 40’s she earned her black belt in Taekwondo, proving that you can achieve new goals and overcome challenges at any stage of life.
Jane carries the values instilled in her by her parents, Mary and Fred Dore, both deceased, but in their day, they were big community builders who lived their entire lives in Seattle. Before Jane’s mom passed away she started the Dore Foundation (https://dorefoundation.net/home). Part of the mission of the Foundation is to give back to others. Along with Adriana, Coach Manny Dunham helped Jane train during her process of becoming a police officer. Because Jane wanted to give back through her family Foundation, she gave this year’s donation to Manny and his non-profit Nomad Boxing Club. What a gift for these young kids that could not afford to participate otherwise.
Thank you, Jane, for investing in our next generation. When Jane commits to something, she puts herself into it. She surrounds herself with positive people and atmosphere that helps her reach her goals. I asked her a few questions. Read on.
What made you decide to become a police officer?
Ever since I was a kid I could visualize myself as a police officer. My favorite TV shows were SWAT and that motorcycle cop show, “CHIPS”. My dad was a criminal lawyer and was later Chief Justice of the WA State Supreme Court. A few of my siblings had also gone to law school, so I just figured that was my destiny too. In high school (thinking I had an interest in law), I use to take the bus downtown to the courthouse and for fun sit in on criminal trials. However, LOL…I didn’t piece it together until many years later that when I was in the courtroom I was more interested in the Corrections Officer’s and Police Officer’s uniforms than listening to what the lawyers were saying.
What is one of your greatest obstacles?
Honestly.. myself! Sometimes when we want to reach a goal we doubt ourselves. I think that’s a normal human reaction. I’ve always been athletic, but when I met Adriana she literally taught me how to use the weights and weight machines based on my body type. She designed a work out plan increasing whole-body strength tailored to the physical test I had to take. Sometimes you need that boost/cheerleader to help you get to your goal. Working with Adrianna and Manny also helped me get mentally prepared. Manny asked me how many sit-ups I had to do on the test and I told him 38 sit ups in a minute. Manny’s response was, “Good! Now do 50!” and Adrianna started the timer. At the test at the academy I actually did 52.
What you have overcome and how did you achieve it?
No matter what your goals are I’ve also learned that it’s important along the way of reaching a goal to network and ask people for help. I remember one morning running at the Lower Woodland track by Greenlake. There was this very tall athletic man and I could see he was working with a trainer running sprints.
I didn’t know it at the time, but the male was training because he was trying out for the Seattle Seahawks. At one point they were taking a break so I casually went up to the trainer and introduced myself and told him I was training for the police academy. I joked around and asked if he had any tips for me to increase my speed and he said he did! He then spent a few minutes talking with me about my form at the start line. He said I could pick up a few seconds just positioning my body a certain way. It worked! I increased my sprint speed by 3 seconds which gave me the full points on that part of the test.
I think it comes down to a few things. When you are reaching for a goal remember that if it was easy everyone would do it. And then.. I always remember what my dad told me. “You can do anything for a short period of time”. So, when I doubt myself or get tired of training or anything in my life that I’m struggling with I just remember, this too will pass. I can do anything for a short period of time.
Pictured Left to Right: Adriana, Manny, Jane