ROCKFORD, Mich.— A Rockford man is the 2013 Spartan Stores Healthy Athlete of the Year.
David Paquette received the award during the opening ceremonies for the 2013 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games on May 30.
“It’s hard for me to talk about myself,” said a tearful Paquette after winning the honor. “It’s an honor to be the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete of the Year. It’s the coolest and happiest moment for me.”
Paquette has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for 15 years. In that time he’s helped raise more than $100 for Miles for Medals. He also cheers on fellow athletes and shares his tips to a healthy lifestyle. Paquette lost 55 pounds thanks to a training regimen with the YMCA.
Spartan Stores selects its Healthy Athlete of the year based on their dedication to improving health and wellness in their community, as well as following the Special Olympics Oath: “Let me win.