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marzo 08, 2014 | North America: Georgia

Georgia's March Athlete of the Month: Powerlifting Record-Breaker Louis Maxwell

By Wendy Bigham

Louis Maxwell attempts to lift 710 pounds at the Southeast Powerlifting Competition in January.

Special Olympics Georgia is proud to name Louis Maxwell, of the Kay Center in Fort Valley, as March's Athlete of the Month. He recently lifted a new record of 710 pounds in the deadlift at USA Powerlifting Power Partners in Tennessee. Even at the young age of 24, Louis has competed in Special Olympics for 12 years in 79 events in various sports. However, powerlifting is the sport in which he is most recognized. At January's Southeast Powerlifting Competition, Louis won the gold in all 3 of his events: benchpress, squat, and deadlift. Outside of competitions, Louis is a SOGA global messenger and has spoken to community groups about how Special Olympics has shaped his life. Louis is a hard worker and a serious competitor. Through the Kay Center, Louis works with their landscaping service and he is part of the local Aktion Club. Congratulations Louis on being named the March Athlete of the Month!

About Wendy Bigham: Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia, headquartered in Atlanta.
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