USAPL Women’s Nationals~Where’s the Nebraska Lifters???

Posted: May 13, 2013 by Michelle in Uncategorized

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This weekend is the Women’s Nationals in Orlando, Florida.  The rooster is out and I was shocked to find that I’m the only one from Nebraska!  I’m far from being the strongest in Nebraska so where are you girls at???  We need to set a goal for next year to bring more girls, teens to masters, to the stage.  Nationals is a great learning experience whether you get last place or first.  This will be my first nationals in 7 years and yes I’m nervous.  Along with qualifying in the 132 Open I also will make my first debut in the Master division.  These girls are on top of the game and I will likely finish at the bottom BUT I will be lifting on the same platform as greats as Jennifer Thompson, Jennifer Gadreau, Suzanne Hartwig, Liane Blyne, Priscilla Ribic (whom I was dissappointed to see was scratched from the rooster) and…..ALI MCWEENY!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to watch and meet Ali.  If you don’t know who Ali is, you need to.  She will inspire you and stop all your excuses for not lifting or coming to Nationals.  She is a powerlifter that lost her leg in a boating accident.  She SQUATS, BENCHES, and DEADLIFTS with ONE LEG!  She will be lifting in the same sessions as I will so I’m pretty pumped!  My session is from 2pm to 6pm Eastern Time.  And though I know I won’t be the BEST….I plan on being MY BEST:)  I’ve had a few more kids since I last lifted at Nationals, I’m older, and I never thought I’d powerlift again….so I am totally excited I’ve qualified and honored I’ll be lifting with such greats.  Having 4 birth babies and 2 step children or being 40 is NOT stopping me, so what’s stopping YOU?!   I hope to see more girls get inpsired to come to USAPL Nationals next year! ~Michelle James

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