Delina Rodrigues made it a goal of hers to attend a Special Olympics World Games for as long as she can remember. There was only one spot on the roster for a female powerlifter and she had to win gold to get it. She deadlifted 205 lbs (a personal record at that time), won a bet with her coach (who had to die her hair blue) and locked up a nomination to compete in Abu Dhabi all on the same day. She views her brother and her coach as her role models and cross trains twice a week at her local gym. In addition to lifting, Delina works diligently on the track and recently lost 10 pounds switching to a healthier diet. In her free time, Delina, who competed at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, loves listening to music, shopping and being an aunt and cousin. "Special Olympics gave me the chance to show my family and community that I'm a great athlete," she said. "I can't wait to compete against people from all over the world." Fun fact: Delina beat her previous personal record at Special Olympics USA Training Camp for Abu Dhabi, deadlifting 215 lbs (10 lbs more than her previous personal record)!
Athlete | Palmerton, Pennsylvania