From the moment she was born, Shannon McNames has defied stereotypes and exceeded expectations.
Back then, she survived a premature birth, weighing less than two pounds, with a healthy body and sharp mind.
Now, in spite of her 4-foot-11, 105-pound frame, she has earned a spot as a weightlifter on Team USA for the 2017 World University Games.
“She had to fight her way at that young age,” said her mother, Kim Reighley, for a report in The Wilmington News Journal by Kevin Tresolini. “That spirit and perseverance carried through all her life. She was an athlete at a very early age.”
McNames transitioned from gymnastics to weightlifting just a year and a half ago, but already the West Chester University sophomore with a 3.8 GPA in exercise science is excelling.
“Not only was she chosen,” said CrossFit West Chester coach Ryan Marciniszyn, “she’s the first-ranked girl on the team. They have a formula, and of all the weight classes, she has the highest medal potential.”
For the World University Games, she and her fellow weightlifters will go to Chinese Taipei from Aug. 19-30.
Read more about the weightlifting adventure of WCU’s Shannon McNames in The Wilmington News Journal here.