Old Bridge Council recognizes Special Olympics medalist

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Michael Lehrer, left, receives a proclamation from Mayor Owen Henry during the Aug. 6 Old Bridge Township Council meeting. Lehrer is a gold medal swimmer for the Special Olympics.PHOTO COURTESY OF OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP
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Michael Lehrer, left, receives a proclamation from Mayor Owen Henry during the Aug. 6 Old Bridge Township Council meeting. Lehrer is a gold medal swimmer for the Special Olympics.PHOTO COURTESY OF OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP
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Michael Lehrer, left, receives a proclamation from Mayor Owen Henry during the Aug. 6 Old Bridge Township Council meeting. Lehrer is a gold medal swimmer for the Special Olympics.PHOTO COURTESY OF OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP
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Michael Lehrer, left, receives a proclamation from Mayor Owen Henry during the Aug. 6 Old Bridge Township Council meeting. Lehrer is a gold medal swimmer for the Special Olympics.PHOTO COURTESY OF OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP

OLD BRIDGE – The Lehrer family received a special honor as son Michael received a proclamation from the Old Bridge Township Council.

The New Jersey Special Olympics swimmer has been competitively swimming for about five years, winning 49 Special Olympics medals for the Old Bridge Robin Swim Team. Lehrer swims all four competitive Olympic strokes, but specializes in breast stroke and butterfly, which are known to be the most difficult strokes to master, according to information provided by the township after the Aug. 6 meeting.

The Special Olympics USA Games celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer. Lehrer continues his grueling workout schedule, swimming at least three times a week to prepare for future competitions, according to the statement.

“Michael Lehrer has become the pride of Old Bridge,” Mayor Owen Henry said during the meeting, according to the statement. “What an honor it is to know that out of 4,000 athletes in the Special Olympic USA Games, Mr. Lehrer represented us. Mr. Lehrer has proved to the nation that great things come out of Old Bridge. There is no doubt in my mind that we will continue to hear great things about Mr. Lehrer.”