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Garrison Redd

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Designer
Languages
English
Higher education
Finance - City University of New York [CUNY]: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in the early part of 2018 in New Jersey, United States of America, but he had been lifting weights since age 13.
Why this sport?
He was attending a Para athletics event that also included Para powerlifting, and his wheelchair racing coach asked him how much he could lift. "I weighed in at 120 pounds and I was able to lift 250 pounds without any training whatsoever.” He was then contacted by Team USA's Performance Manager suggesting that he should pursue international Para powerlifting.
Training Regime
He trains six days a week.

General interest

Hobbies
Modelling, motivational speaking. (Inez Barberio YouTube channel, 05 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mentor Connie Chi. (Inez Barberio YouTube channel, 05 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The principles I live by are never to give up, never quit. Success equals preparation plus opportunity, and hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." (thehealthandentrepreneurmindset.com, 08 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (barbend.com, 26 Jun 2020; thehealthandentrepreneurmindset.com, 08 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He was shot in the back while he was a senior at high school in Brooklyn, NY, United States of America. The bullet damaged nerves around his T12 vertebra and caused paraplegia. (speakerhub.com, 01 Jan 2019)
Other information
THE FACE
He would like to become a recognised ambassador for Para powerlifting. "The sport needs a face. Every sport has a face. Someone that people can look up to and I feel like in Para powerlifting there's no real face that someone can identify with. So that way kids that are disabled can aspire to be like Garrison Redd. The only way I can set that standard is by setting world records, winning competitions and showing people that this is what you can do if you believe in yourself." (barbend.com, 26 Jun 2020)

COMMUNITY WORK
He is the founder of The Garrison Redd Project, a non-profit organisation that promotes inclusivity. "My goal is to try to make the world more inclusive for all people to live in and to create more opportunities for people that experience disadvantages." (Facebook page, 23 May 2020; thehealthandentrepreneurmindset.com, 08 Aug 2018)