By Madison Remrey
Ruston High School’s girl’s powerlifting team, Lady Bearcat Powerlifting, is preparing for their upcoming season with hopes of competing in the state powerlifting meet in March 2022 and winning their first state title.
For a lifter to qualify to compete in the state meet, they must be in the top 10 of all girls from all schools of the same division in the state. The top 10 lifters are determined at regional level meets.
Sarah Wages, Lady Bearcat Powerlifting’s head coach, said that the team began preparing for the season over the summer and has been working hard ever since.
“The experienced girls on my team have been so dedicated to their training this year and have also shown a strong, positive mindset,” Wages said. “We are all just training and working hard to prepare for the season.”
Preparation involves being both physically and mentally dedicated.
Gabi Prewitt, a senior Lady Bearcat powerlifter, said she is preparing for the season by being more active, maintaining a balanced diet and being in a good mental state every time she goes to practice.
There are various other competitions that the team will be competing in leading up to the state meet. The team members have set specific goals for themselves to meet during the competitions. One of these goals is never giving up and continuing to push themselves no matter what.
Wages said that she loves that the sport encourages and challenges the team and that it teaches them dedication to such goals along with stimulating positive self esteem.
“I love the long-term commitment that is required [of powerlifting] because it allows me to teach my girls the value of commitment to a goal,” Wages said. “Powerlifting also allows them to appreciate and be proud of what their bodies can do, rather than focusing on their body image from a negative perspective.”
To support the team through the season, there will be opportunities to sponsor them as well as being able to attend powerlifting meets.
The first meet for the junior varsity team is Friday, Jan. 7 at West Monroe High School. The first meet for the varsity team is Saturday, Jan. 22 at West Monroe High School.
Those that are interested in sponsorship can choose to do so for the North Regional Girls Powerlifting meet, which will host approximately 200 girls at Ruston High School. The meet will be held on February 26, 2022.
For more information, contact Sarah Wages at email@example.com.
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