MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) — The 2020 Special Olympics competition for powerlifting will be here before we know it, and Local 3 caught up with the athletes as they prepare.
These competitors have been preparing for the powerlifting competition since the first week of December.
Eric Mason, a Special Olympics powerlifting coach says this competition means everything to his athletes.
” It just gives them a purpose, it gets them out here. We have an old term sweating and smiling, as long as their sweating and their smiling we’re doing our job, ” says Eric Mason, Special Olympics Powerlifting Coach.
Mason says he couldn’t imagine his life without the Special Olympics.
” As you can see the smile that I get from this it never leaves in all honesty. This is probably my thirty-third year in Special Olympics in some respect or another, in some sport or another and you can’t help but enjoy this, ” continues Mason.
The state games begin the first week of June in Mount Pleasant and these competitors say they’re excited.
Sam Bredbury, Special Olympic athlete says, ” You’re out there trying your best, achieving your goals, and having a blast. ”
Mason says the Special Olympics is a good way for his athletes to stay positive.
” I think it just gives them good confidence, it also helps them in their everyday life, just getting stronger, and being active and athletic, it’s just a good win-win all around, ” continues Mason.