Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Claire Crego

#50for50: Volume 5
▪️ Claire Crego
▪️ 36 years old
▪️ Area M

“Because I know I’m strong. I know I’m really strong, so I thought that I should try powerlifting. I had done volleyball for a couple of years before this and this is my first Central Fall Sectional for powerlifting. I loved it. I didn’t get to go to Olympic Village, but I did get to go there other years and overall it was really cool. … I’m the only girl in Area M who does powerlifitng, so I keep the guys in line. The first time I ever tried it, I think I lifted 75 kg and I can bench press 95 kg. Today I deadlifted 250. Overall, it was a little easy and a little hard to get the form down. It was a little bit of both. … I feel really good about it. I feel really upbeat and proud. I’m from Carlisle, so I have to represent Area M. [Being in Special Olympics] is the best because it means I get to meet other people in different counties and I get to see other women or other people, men and women, compete in powerlifting.”

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The mission of Special Olympics Pennsylvania is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

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