Newark Man with Down Syndrome Wins Respect Powerlifting
Editor’s Note: What a wonderful inspiration to our young clients with Down Syndrome!! And as @goatgeek on Instagram has pointed out, this young man is especially exceptional since people with Down Syndrome generally struggle with low-tone issues! Go Jon!
Sitting at the kitchen table in his family’s Newark home, Jon Stoklosa comes across as a laid-back, almost shy guy. He answers questions with a word, preferring instead to look out the backyard window and let his parents, Hank and Liz, do the talking.
But the medal he clasps in his right hand offers a glimmer of the personality that hides beneath his sturdy 5-foot-5 frame.
It’s from a recent powerlifting competition in upstate New York, one where he bench-pressed a personal best of 402.5 pounds and came in third in his age division. He also picked up the “Most Inspirational” award, a unanimous choice by other competitors, many of whom gathered to watch the 31-year-old make his lifts.
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