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Amanda Young - Head Coach Powerlifting

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Special Olympics Otago volunteer coach Amanda Young has been involved with Powerlifting for over 8 years and 6 of those years has been with Special Olympics, When asked to help out with Special Olympics Powerlifting she jumped at the chance to give back what she is  passionate about. After training sessions with the team Amanda always felt inspired to do better with her own personal lifting.

“Powerlifting hasn’t always been just about lifting, it has built amazing relationships with the athletes and their families and the wider community” Amanda shared.

Amanda was given the opportunity in 2016 to travel to Spain to become qualified Powerlifting coach, which was an amazing experience “to meet people that are as passionate about Powerlifting as I am”.

In 2017 the Special Olympics Otago Powerlifting team won the Trust Power community awards; not only did they win the Regional but also the supreme award. Also in 2017 Amanda won “Lotto Volunteers Sports Maker of the Year” which has created a great profile for the athletes and Amanda. (You may have seen Amanda and the Otago lifters us on TV’s Lotto ad)

One of Amanda’s most proud moments coaching Special Olympic Powerlifting was at the Nationals Summer Games in Wellington and her team of seven athletes come home very proud of themselves and their achievements with a total of 27 medals between them.

Amanda says that being selected for Head Coach for the World Summer Games is going to be an experience of a life time “being part of an amazing event and getting the chance to meet with other athletes and coaches which can only create further opportunities to be a part of the Special Olympic way of life”

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