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Check out this great video about one of Special Olympics Louisiana's athletes, Seth, who competed in the powerlifting competition this past weekend!
By Betty Zhang
This week, Uvurkhangai Province held its first Special Olympics games, a two-day event with 36 athletes competing in shot-put, long jump, track, powerlifting, volleyball, and basketball.
Been in Special Olympics since I was 8. I love meeting new people from all over the world. I'll do Special Olympics as long as my body will let me.
Karen Bradshaw, Proud Mom and Supporter
Special Olympics is a part of my son's life and will always be. Thanks to the organization for making my son feel that he can compete in sports!
Two new online quizzes on powerlifting and rhythmic gymnastics are a good way to review and learn about the Special Olympics approach to these sports in a low-pressure quiz format.
Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.
Southside Strength and Fitness is an Anchorage gym that specializes in strength training. Hal and Marvel Lloyd have volunteered the gym and their time to help train the Special Olympics powerlifting team since becoming owners of Southside in 2010.
I wanted to share with you very good news: there are actually IWF Weightlifting World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland.
Christina Harris, Special Olympics Wisconsin
Special Olympics Powerlifting resources go digital. Click the related web link to see the new site.
I learned to swim through the Clover Special Olympics program and competed in the Special Olympics Aquatics program. Thanks to Special Olympics, I now have a paying job as a life guard at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center. I now life guard during Special Olympic swim meets!
This year, for the first time in history, the International Powerlifting Federation offered a Special Olympics division in their World Championship competition in Puerto Rico.