Lutcher, La (Local33)(Fox44) – Inside the dog pound at Lutcher High School, champions are being built one weight at a time.
15-year-old Shay Naquin fell in love with the sport of powerlifting three years ago after seeing the success of her older sister on the Lutcher Girls Powerlifting team.
“It changes your attitude and perspective on stuff” Naquin said. “You see how hard you have to work for it and it’s a good feeling to know that I can do it” she said.
That hard work is paying off. Naquin is one of eight girls nationwide that will compete at the International Powerlifting Federation’s World Championships in South Africa later this summer.
Naquin’s older sister is also on the team, along with a third powerlifter from the Lutcher girls’ team.
“For God’s sake I’m turning 15 and I’m going to World’s” Naquin said. “I didn’t think… I can’t fathom any of it. To think that three of us from this little bitty old town, this speck on the map it’s so amazing and especially because two of them are from the same family”.
Jon Magendie has coached the girls powerlifting team for 12 years. He’s had girls make it to worlds before and winning is the ultimate goal; but he says, his girls are learning even more that chasing a medal.
“That’s a big thing that we teach here… is being confident” Magendie said. “I’m sure you heard me saying be bold when you have to do a lift you have to do a lift no one is going to cry for you if you do or if you don’t so just do it” he said.
A motto and an example of success, that even younger teammates can look up to and learn from.
“For these girls- and they’re anywhere from 7th to 12th grade” he said. “They need to see that it can be done. It’s one thing to talk about squatting 300 pounds but to see one of your teammates that’s in class ith you everyday do it, it’s nothing magic, they know they can do it and work on confidence and boldness and they can do it” he said.
“It doesn’t matter how big you ae or how tiny you are or how much you lift, if you can lift the weight and do it properly and if you have the right mindset you can accomplish what you want to and better yourself” Naquin said.
If you would like to learn more about the girls’ trip to South Africa you can visit their gofundme page here: https://uk.gofundme.com/5p6r2rc