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!
Continue reading Chair’s Message – September 2013
- Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
- Weight Class: 148
- First Elite Total 2004 USAPL Badger Open in Whitewater, WI
- Second place USAPL Nationals 2010 in Cleveland, OH
- North American Strongman National champion 2010 as LW and 2011 as MW
- Forth place Arnold Classic Open Powerlifting in 2012 and 2013
Introduced to powerlifting in high school, Erin Walterman never looked back. During her career she has competed in equipped, raw, and bench only contests. Between 2001 and 2013 she competed in five National Championships and two Arnold Classics.
Through a local gym she met great group of people who took her under their wing and trained her in strongman. Thanks to this support, she was able to attend and win two National Strongman championships.
Currently Erin is focusing on raw powerlifting and training for the Indiana Powerfest on October 12, 2013.
Message from Shawn Cain about the upcoming 25th Hudson Natural Open
The Hudson Natural Open will be held for the 25th year in a row in Hudson Wisconsin, on the 2nd of November, 2013. It has always been held in Hudson. It has always been a well run meet, and for many years now has been held in a nice hotel in Hudson. We have also had many years of competition for the Border Battle Trophy between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Every year that battle is a tight one. so far, Wisconsin is in the lead for wins. That could change at any time.
We always give out very nice awards at the contest. You will not see cheap awards at the Hudson meet. We have given out a variety in types of awards, but they have always been quality awards. Niels Anderson Sculptures have been the type of award given out for a few years now. We offer many different divisions for the lifters to enter. Old, young, geared, or RAW, we have a division for you. It has always been a full Powerlifting meet. We have never offered a Bench Only division.
Because this is the 25th year for holding this meet, we are giving away a few 2013 Silver Eagle coins to a few lucky competitors. We have to determine how to pick the winners of these special coins yet. They will not just go to the best lifters. They could go to anyone who enters the meet.
-Shawn L. Cain
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