April and May Fashlete of the Month was dedicated to LIFT Florida. LIFT is an organization that encourages and develops young athletes (ages 12-19) in the sport of Weightlifting by providing athletic training and equipment.
Last year 5 LIFT athletes qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics in New Orleans in July in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. The program continues to grow and just last week Coach Doug Lane was named Florida Weightlifting Federation's Coach of the Year.
For Fashlete of the Year, Lift Florida would like to recognize Brandon S., a newcomer to the sport with some serious of potential and a few podium finishes under he belt already.
Brandon S competes for Sandbox Weightlifting as a Junior competitor
(17-20 years old). He's a quiet leader of the team with a tenacious work
ethic on and off the platform. In his senior year of high school,
Brandon is an exceptional student in the college coop program. He is
applying for admission to several universities, including the US Naval
Academy and LSU Shreveport, where he will be able to continue lifting
while pursuing an education in science.
Brandon is a newcomer to the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, training and competing for less than a year. In this short amount of time, he has placed 2nd in the Sunshine State Games, 2nd at the Junior Olympics, and most recently, he won the 85kg weight class with new personal records in the snatch (91 kg), clean and jerk (125 kg), and total (216 kg) at the Florida State Championship. This first place finish qualified Brandon for the National Junior Championship in Chicago in early 2012.