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July 03, 2014 | North America: Georgia

Fearless Attitude Pushes Athlete to Try New Adventures and Uplift Others

By Charles White

You can look to Suzanne Goossens for an example of what Project Unify and Special Olympics truly mean. She swims with the Extra Special People Pirhanas, but when she isn't competing, she encourages her friends to work harder and improve each day. The fearless attitude is a testament to the dedication the Oconee/Clarke County athlete has given through Special Olympics over the past 10 years, in not only sports, but by encouraging her friends with and without intellectual disabilities. Suzanne is enthusiastic about life and loves learning new things! Some of Suzanne's favorite things to do (besides swimming) include water skiing, boating, and hanging out at her lake house with her family. She also enjoys zip lining, skydiving, and wall climbing. This May, Suzanne won a gold medal at State Summer Games. Congratulations to Suzanne for winning the gold and being named Athlete of the Month!

About Charles White: Charles White is a senior sports and program manager at Special Olympics Georgia.

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