USA Weightlifting would like to congratulate Alexis LiCalsi, Rebekah Pudenz, Alex Stenbo and Mason Groehler on being awarded the Jennifer Roy Medal. These athletes were voted this honor by the coaches of the 2012 Youth Development Camp for displaying leadership, support and passion during their time at the Olympic Training Center.
Jennifer Roy Medal
Jennifer Roy was born November 25, 1940 in Christchurch, New Zealand. During her early childhood she came down with polio. She beat the disease with cold and hot compresses and vigorous exercise in the form of dancing. This early exposure to exercise carried on into adulthood as she became one of New Zealand’s top skiers.
USA Weightlifting’s generous donor, Morgan Norval, met Jennifer while he was serving in the United States Marine Corps and they fell in love. Unfortunately, before that love could be converted into a matrimonial union, Jennifer passed away in an accident. Her courage and can do spirit has been a constant source of inspiration to Mr. Norval to this very day.
Mr. Norval has created the Jennifer Roy medal which USA Weightlifting distributes to a limited number of Youth & Junior Developmental athletes attending training camps at the Olympic Training Center. Jennifer Roy medal recipients demonstrate leadership, support, and passion, not only for their training but their teammates as well. The purpose of the award is to inspire and encourage young lifters to strive to become the best they can be in sport and life. We thank Mr. Norval for his generosity and join him in remembering Ms. Roy’s indomitable spirit.