Diminutive, Yet Fast-Rising Weightlifter from WCU Chosen for World University Games

Image of Shannon McNames via Jennifer Corbett, Wilmington News Journal.

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.”

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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.

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