First Name: John "Jackie"
Last Name: Barrett
Sport: Powerlifting
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2019
Home Town: SpryField
County: Halifax
Details:

Barrett has dominated Canadian Special Olympics power lifting competitions throughout his career with 20 gold medals, and he has represented Canada well at the World Special Olympics competition with an incredible 13 first-place finishes. In his final year of competition (2015), he set three Special Olympics world records, lifting 277.5 kg, 297.5 kg and 697.5 kg in the squat, deadlift and triple combination events respectively. In the same year he also became the first Special Olympics athlete to be nominated for the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete.

Facts:
  • 20 gold Canadian Special Olympics medals
  • 13 gold World Special Olympics medals
  • Set three Special Olympics world records in 2015
  • 5 kg squat lift
  • 5 kg deadlift
  • 5 kg triple combination lift
  • First Special Olympics athlete to be nominated for the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete

Photo credit: Special Olympics Canada

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