Seth Reardon of Orrington, who has enjoyed an outstanding career in powerlifting despite being confined to a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, has been named the recipient of the Travis Roy Courage Award, according to a press release from the Maine Games.
The 37-year-old will be honored at the Maine Games State Powerlifting Championships in Brewer Saturday when he will receive the award.
Roy played high school hockey at North Yarmouth Academy before going to Boston University, where he suffered a paralyzing injury 11 seconds into his first shift as a freshman for the Terriers.
The Roy award is given to a Maine athlete who has demonstrated uncommon courage and determination to overcome disabilities and obstacles to compete in the sport of their choice.
With the assistance of his coach, Louie Morrison, who trains out of USA Fitness in Bangor, Reardon is helped out of his chair and onto the bench press apparatus to participate in the event, which he’ll take part in Saturday in Brewer.
He’ll be competing in the bench-press only division, starting at 10 a.m. The meet also features squat and dead lift divisions.
Reardon has been weightlifting for 11 years as a means of keeping his body in shape, and because of his dedication to powerlifting and the physical activity that comes with it, he has able to avoid medications that other people who have his condition might be dependent upon, according to the press release.
Morrison writes the weekly workouts that Reardon performs on his own at home with his father, while Morrison checks in with him at the gym once a week.
Reardon’s condition hasn’t robbed him of his competitive spirit and determination.
“Seth has an amazing attitude towards life,” said Maine Games Executive Director Jeff Scully. “I’m always very glad to see his registration for our powerlifting events come in each year. I know it’s going to be a good meet with a lot of emotion, and support for him.”
Reardon will be competing at the State Games of America in San Diego in August, where he’ll be among more than 10,000 athletes competing in 25 different sports.