Brian Beirne of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has competed with Special Olympics for over 12 years and currently trains with Special Olympics New Jersey. He will represent Special Olympics USA in powerlifting. Toward the end of his high school career, the school’s Special Olympics coach introduced himself and told Brian that he looked like a powerlifter. He has been committed to it ever since. After suffering a traumatic brain injury at a young age, Brian spent years in physical and occupational therapy. Brian relearned how to talk, walk and eat with the help of family, therapists, teachers and coaches. Determined to overcome those challenges, Brian proved himself and has competed in three Special Olympics USA Games, winning medals in all three.
Brian works 40 hours a week for the Delaware River Port Authority in their operations department at Penn’s Landing. Before this position, Brian maintained a full-time job for over eight years. When he is not working, Brian volunteers walking and visiting with rescue dogs. Preparing to compete in the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, Brian will follow his six rules for success, which include trusting yourself, not being afraid to fail, avoiding the naysayers and giving something back.