Austin Beal of Paulding County won the gold medal in all three of his events in October's State Horse Show.
Even though he has been riding since 2006, this was Austin's first time competing in Western Riding yet he was still able to bring home the gold!
More recognition came for Austin when he was recently featured on the Today Show. He was selected by his high school's football coach to be an honorary member of the team. He received a team jersey, ate the pre-game meal with the team, rode the team's bus and stood with them on the field for the entire game.
Outside of Special Olympics and sports, Austin is a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan and a big-time dancer.
Congrats Austin on being named Special Olympics Georgia's athlete of the month!
About Michael Wilson: Michael Wilson is a sports manager at Special Olympics Georgia.