Staunton Man Sets Eyes on Special Olympics World Games
WAYNESBORO, Va (WVIR) -
After being diagnosed with autism early in his life, Chris Mayo of Staunton hadn't found an activity that made him feel at home - until he started lifting weights.
Now, he's on the brink of going to the Special Olympics World Championship. NBC29’s Sean Cudahy joined him for a workout today at Waynesboro Family YMCA.
It all started when a friend convinced him to start lifting at age 22. Now, Mayo can bench nearly 300 pounds. He's almost 40 years old but still going strong. In fact, his coach says he's one of the most dedicated athletes he's ever seen.
"It would mean a whole lot to me, I’ve always wanted to go to one of them,” said Mayo.
Luckily, Cooper has a plan.
“We'll start training again as usual and hopefully one day we'll get to the worlds,” said Cooper.
The Special Olympics World Games are actually random selection so Cooper and Mayo will both be anxiously waiting to see if he gets in. Beyond that, no signs of stopping the training anytime soon. Mayo says he's planning on lifting and competing as long as he's able to.
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Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Full Story
Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Sean returns to Charlottesville after four years at American University in Washington, D.C., but central Virginia is his home. He grew up in Albemarle County, graduating from Albemarle High School in 2010. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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