GREAT FALLS — The Special Olympics Montana state summer games are less than three weeks away, and athletes across the state are training hard to compete.
For Great Falls native Josh Anderson, training isn’t just something he does to get ready for competition, but to live a healthy lifestyle. The CMR area athlete was recently named one of only six “Health Champions” state wide, for his dedication to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Anderson has many hobbies outside of competition including riding his bike, kayaking, rock climbing at the Hi-Line Climbing Center. Josh is thrilled to be an ambassador for other athletes.
“It means being able to promote a healthy and active lifestyle to athletes around the state,” he explained.
Josh competes in basketball, bowling, alpine skiing, and bicycle. He finds the harder he trains away, the better he performs at the games.
“After training, I can push myself and sometimes even really surprise myself with how fast I run, or how fast I can spring on my mountain bike when necessary,” he said.
The Special Olympics Montana state games begin Tuesday, May 15 in Great Falls. Other Health Champions include Brandy Peterson of Billings, Carson Patten of Lewistown, Joe Gibson of Butte, Cody Kuhlman of Helena, and Hilary Benjamin of Missoula. They will be recognized during the summer games opening ceremonies on May 16.