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3 Special Olympics athletes to represent Hawaii, US in World Games

Louie Perry III, photo courtesy: Special Olympics Hawaii Louie Perry III, photo courtesy: Special Olympics Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three local Special Olympics athletes will represent the aloha state and the U.S. in the 2011 World Games in Athens, Greece.

Jenny Bensman, Nick Pang and Louie Perry III will compete alongside Special Olympics athletes from 185 nations in 22 sports.

"It's an amazing accomplishment and honor for any athlete to represent their country and we are extremely proud of Jenny, Nick and Louie for their dedication to the program and their hard work training for the games," Special Olympics Hawaii president Nancy Bottelo said.

Perry, of Pahoa, is an accomplished long-distance runner.

"I have always dreamed of going to the World Games," Perry said. "I train almost every day, hoping I'll make it."

Bensman, of Kaneohe, is a 15-year veteran of the Special Olympics Hawaii program. She is set to compete in swimming at the World Games. Over the years, Bensman has earned more than 100 medals.

Pang, of Waipahu, is set to represent the U.S. in powerlifting. He's won multiple medals and focuses on the deadlift competition, where he normally lifts 225 pounds.

The World Games begin on June 25 and end July 4, 2011.

All donations made to Special Olympics are tax-deductible and will go toward training and competition events. If you'd like more information, visit the Special Olympics website.

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