Tyler is not your average guy. Sure, he enjoys hiking, bicycling and loves riding his family’s Seadoo, but for the past eight years Tyler has power lifted his way to several gold medals and a World Championship.

In 2001, Tyler began his journey as a weightlifter at only 15 years old. His dad and coach John says, “Tyler began [training] because he just wanted to be one of the guys in the gym.” At 16, Tyler began power lifting in the Special Olympics, which earned him the first of many gold medals, and in 2004 he won the WABDL Special Olympics Division World Title. Weighing in at 134 lbs, Tyler bench presses a wopping 175 lbs, “but he can and will do more,” says John.

In early 2008, Tyler began working with the INALLIANCE Foothills Community Training Program, where he is gaining vocational and community skills by working at Lord’s Gym, Gold Country Retirement Community and Value Village. The new challenges INALLIANCE has offered Tyler have been tremendous and he looks forward to going to work every week!

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