Mary Stack: Paralympic Powerlifter

Saturday December 10, 2011: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Mary Stack is the leading female figure in the United States for Paralympic powerlifting. She was born with a rare medical condition called Pseudohypoparathyroidism, which limits her mobility. She began competing in adaptive sports when she was 16 years old. Mary recently returned from the ParaPan American Games in Mexico with a bronze medal for lifting 280 pounds! This is the first women's Paralympic powerlifting medal ever for US women at these games. Meet Mary and hear about her life, determination, her love of power-lifting, and her exciting recent win!

Mary has participated in a variety of sports and recreation events, from track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair hockey, kayaking, cycling and more. She recently competed at the US Paralympic Powerlifting Pan American Games qualifier in Oklahoma, where she lifted 265lbs to qualify for the ParaPan American Games in Mexico. Mary has competed in Sydney, Australia (2000), Athens, Greece (2004), and Beijing, China (2008) and is the US national record holder and currently holds the world ranking of second for her weight class.