Athlete Spotlight

Meet Martin.

Martin Smith from Special Olympics Queensland must have missed the memo about the physical characteristics of people with Down Syndrome including low muscle tone and decreased strength.

Competing across mainstream and Special Olympics powerlifting competitions, Martin’s training routine incorporates leg pressing 114 kg, deadlifting 104 kg and bench pressing 70 kg.

His Special Olympics journey spans 26 years, from joining as a 13-year-old to winning a swag of gold medals in gymnastics at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles in 2015 and in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

On returning from Abu Dhabi, Martin added powerlifting into the mix with his regular basketball and swimming training.

Martin’s drive, dedication and confidence make him a role model to up-and-coming young athletes, and he has notched up coaching accreditations in basketball, gymnastics, and swimming.

Martin’s mother believes Special Olympics Australia was Martin’s lifesaver. What Martin discovered is that Special Olympics provides more than just sport and competition.