Competitor Daniel McGauley
by Kitty Burroughs
I already had a passion for powerlifting when I got the chance to start coaching Dan. I’ve met some lifters who show enthusiasm for the sport, but he surpasses all of them. Dan’s mum Judith and I continue to fight for all Special Needs lifters to have the right to compete and be treated the same as all regular lifters, and we’re pleased to say that access is improving.
Coaching, training with and accepting lifters with Special Needs just takes a bit of extra patience and a willingness to be inclusive. I would encourage all clubs and lifters to welcome Special Needs lifters into their sessions. I get just as much reward out of training Daniel as he does.
Well done Daniel for another successful competition.