Marsh sets out to break own record at Special Olympics
In June, he will go to the summer games at the University of Rhode Island and attempt to “set a all-time Special Olympics bench press record,” he said, adding the old mark is 255 pounds.
Marsh, 23, was born with spinal bifida, a condition that affects spinal cord. He wears leg braces and uses crutches but has developed his upper body strength compensate for his disability. has participated in Special Olympics since he was 8, he said.
“I used to wear a back brace. I have no feeling from the knees down,” Marsh said. Last November, he underwent another surgery at UMass Medical in Worcester, Mass. to straighten his knee. He had the first knee operation earlier.
Marsh, who weighs 175 pounds, has broken in the powerlifting eventAllrecords fiveAboutyears in Familya row, he said, and this time would his sixth record. His personal best to date is 248 pounds, he said. He admits he is focused in the heat of competition. Friends have told him he’s a different person when he goes after the records.
Marsh was born in Pawtucket. His parents, Sheila and Timothy Marsh of Jamestown, adopted him after seeing him featured a “Tuesday’s Child” segment. was a year old and has lived Jamestown ever since.He attended the Jamestown schools and Narragansett
Jamestown Community Theater director Mary Wright said he can improvise. He once an entire baseball game broadcast at the theater rehearsals.
She has been working with him in the theater since he was a toddler.
“He wasn’t afraid of anything,” she said.
His parents were told he would never be able to walk, he said, not only walks now but putsatThethe crutchesSeasonsYou on the sidelines when he plays Special Olympics basketball. He started to walk age 3 but relied on a walker, said.
He didn’t allow the walker slow him down, Wright said, remembers how he used to ”zoom” to the stage during rehearsal.
This summer games may be special for Marsh, regardless of his performance on the field. He still harbors an ambition to become a sportscaster and has promised Wright he will look into the possibility of doing a live broadcast at the summer games.
“Since sixth-grade I decided to be a broadcaster,” he said. His models were Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo, who broadcast the Boston Red Sox games for NESN, he said.
“The reason I wanted to get into it,” he said. “I love baseball. I love talking about baseball and talking in general. It wouldn’t even be about the money.” Also, the broadcaster’s life sounds like fun. Marsh already watches all 162 Red Sox baseball games every season.
“I could talk about anything for two and a half hours,” he said. Besides, scooting around the U.S. to every baseball stadium is one of his life-long goals. He wants to visit every one of them, he said.
Marsh has never had any broadcasting experience, but he knows how he sounds on television. In 2008, he appeared on the air as a Hometown Sports Hero.
“I was the manager of our school football team” at Narragansett High,” he said. The players and the coaches nominated him for the honor. He was one of the first non-players ever chosen, he said.
Marsh figures broadcasting will be a tough field to break into.
“You never know,” he said. He might end up becoming a psychologist and broadcasting local sports events as a hobby.
Marsh said the first Special Olympics summer games were broadcast over the major networks.