FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) – The city of Fayetteville congratulates one of its residents after he brought home three bronze medals from the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.
The games took place in Orlando, Florida from June 5th to 12th.
Alexander “Jett” Chilton competed in the powerlifting category. According to Cumberland County Schools, he is a sophomore at Terry Sanford High School.
The school district said in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Jett won three gold medals in powerlifting at the Special Olympics North Carolina Games in Raleigh.
They said this qualified him to go ahead and represent North Carolina at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Summer Games.
He was the only athlete to represent Cumberland County.
“It’s great when a student goes beyond local and state competitions,” said TSHS Director Thomas Hatch. “We’re just proud of him.”
Jett’s family is also proud of him.
“It’s incredible what he’s accomplished and done,” said Nancy Chilton, Jett’s mother. “He’s not a quitter and he loves to work hard. It’s all just exciting!”
His father, Shea Chilton, said Jett competed in three disciplines: the squat, deadlift, and bench press.
To prepare for the games, Shea said his son worked out three days a week in his high school’s weight room with his coach and classmates on a weekly basis.
“Jett pushes himself and his presence pushes them,” said Jordan Vann, Jett’s coach.
He also said that Jett often bench presses 175 pounds or more.
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