After 17 years of trying to master the game of golf, I became interested in gaining strength in order to hit the golf ball further. A few months into training the squat, bench, and deadlift, I lost interest in golf and wanted to pursue powerlifting. I found Ford’s Gym in Madison, WI and learned a lot about the sport from Ford Sheridan and Rick Schwalbach. While training at Ford’s and watching videos of USAPL and IPF meets on YouTube I became increasingly enamored with the idea of perfecting the power lifts and putting myself to the test on the platform. A year into lifting I entered the USAPL Badger Open and got to compete alongside the defending World Champion, Dan Williams. I was hooked! Here was someone that weighed within 3 pounds of me, and was totaling nearly 600 more pounds. So I set out to learn how to better use powerlifting gear, and see how good I could get at this fantastic sport.
And 4 years later, it has been a tremendously rewarding endeavor. I’ve been able to compete at two USAPL National Championships and have gone from totaling 1268@177 to 1730@204. Although I am very pleased with my progress, I am still roughly 200 pounds shy of the National Champion in my weight class and I’m just as intrigued as ever to figure out how far I can go.
The Wisconsin USAPL Advisory Group has been formed to assist the state chair with the development of a strategy to promote drug-free powerlifting in the state and in the mid-west. The group is comprised of ten members who represent high school coaching & teenage competitors, age divisions of open, collegiate and masters. Five of the members are certified referees. There is also fairly decent geographic representation from around the state; Madison, Racine, New Richmond, Milwaukee, Osceola, Eau Claire. Several members had voluntarily offered their assistance in the past and I took them up on their offer. We have so many talented individuals in the state who already give quite a bit of their time to the sport and I wanted to create another opportunity where the offered assistance could be leveraged to grow our support network.
Members of the group:
You will soon learn a bit more about what the group comes up with as we brainstorm on how / what to promote about this great sport.
Wisconsin state records can be found at GOHEAVY.NET
State records are being loaded to an on-line database. So far, the men’s records are 98% loaded and accurate. Each record had to be individually typed which allows room for mistakes. Kindly let the chair know about them for correction.
There is a new process of submitting a new state record, please visit the State Records page for more information on this.
HOMETOWN: Hales Corners WI
SCHOOL: Whitnall HS 10th grade 15 years old
Athletic Accolades for ’12-13 Season:
- 1st place 114 lb. class in two Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) regional contests, winning ‘best overall lifter’ award at each
- 1st place 114 lb. class at the WHSPA State Championship (USAPL sanctioned) with another ‘best overall lifter’ award
- 1st place 114 lb. class USAPL HS Nationals in Denver, CO and 2nd place ‘best overall lifter’ award
- 1st place 125 lb. class USAPL Women’s Open in Orlando, FL 2013 and 1st place best overall lifter award
- 2nd place 125 lb. IPF 13th Sub-Junior World Championship in Killeen, TX. Also won a gold medal in the squat, bronze medal in bench and silver medal in deadlift.
I started lifting nine months ago, after the Whitnall HS Powerlifting Coach saw me at orientation. RG Luckow knew I loved softball; so to win me over, he sent me a three page email to tell me how powerlifting would improve my fast pitch. I thought I would try it and see what powerlifting was all about. Like a lot of teenage girls I didn’t want to “get big”. I am not “big” – I am strong.
At my first meet I didn’t make my weight class (114), I was less than .5 lbs. over so I had to move up to 123 weight class. I won 1st place and best overall lifter (Wilkes calculation). From there I was hooked. I later learned that I had to pay attention to my nutrition!
As a freshman I had to leave the HS softball team due to inclement weather and training for the USAPL Women’s Open in May. The HS softball coach was in a position where they would be playing 21 games in two weeks. It was the hardest decision I ever made. But it was the correct decision for me.
My best meet was Women’s Open. I went 8 for 9 with each lift a ‘personal best’. It secured my spot for the IPF Sub-Junior World Championship. My worst meet was HS Nationals where I went 4 for 9 but I still won 1st! I still cannot believe that I made it happen. I learned that nerves are just a waste of energy at that meet.
I owe everything to the Whitnall powerlifting family. The head coaches, RG Luckow and Scott Schubert, never gave up on me. I started lifting with the boys and never looked back. The powerlifting family ties are so strong that our assistants are all past Whitnall lifters. I work most closely with Dustin Devine and Matt Klein who are my mentors. Both are Whitnall graduates and they take time away from their college studies to come back and help coach.
While preparing for Worlds, my head coach RG Luckow was out of town for work. He hooked me up with the Kasabuskes, Erik and Kat, who both are world competition level powerlifters in the USAPL. I have had so many good role models and met so many neat people from powerlifting. I am very blessed.
Powerlifting has been in my life since I was seven and it was quite some time before I realized it wasn’t a “normal” sport. “Normal” as in “mainstream”, at every high school, on TV, everyone knows the sport. I grew up with a powerlifter who later became my coach. Lifting weights and working towards a competition was normal and exciting.
My coach, Bruce, wouldn’t let me start training until I was in ninth grade. I wanted to start sooner. I had been going to contests for years; carrying a full backpack to keep me busy from early morning into late, late evening. One year I even had my paper dolls with me. This was back in the day when the contests were run on the progressive loading system. Those of you, who have experienced this type of system, know it is not “progressive”. Still, I loved the sport. The chalk, the adrenaline, the yelling, cheering and lights flashing on with each lift. Wow – I was hooked!
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