What a week we just had!
Before we re-cap, a few dates to keep in mind:
Unfortunately, the fourth of July Party at Chris and Sarah's house is off, as they are now closing this Friday. Remember to give them a congrats on the house when you see them! We hope you have an awesome July Fourth, it is America's birthday after all, so make sure you do it right!
July 4th: Gym hours are 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
July 5th: Gym hours are 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
July 20-21st: SoCal's Summer Classic Meet
July 25th-July 28th: AO2 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Now let's talk about Youth Nationals!!!
FIRST AND FOREMOST, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to our community for stepping up to volunteer last weekend. You are all examples of the best part of this sport, and we have never been more proud to have the kind of community we do. SoCal Weightlifting showed up in every way possible, from stellar performances on the platform, to our coaches behind the scenes, our fans in the crowd supporting their teammates, and volunteers helping out USAW with set-up/break-down. We appreciate each of you so much. USAW expressed their gratitude multiple times throughout the weekend, and how much they admired your work ethic.We are proud to be SoCal Weightlifting Club and it is because of all of you!
About those lifts....
Luke kicked off the weekend on Friday morning, stepping out there for his first national competition and his SECOND time competing. He qualified for youth nationals at his very first weightlifting meet. Watch out for Luke, seriously. He is extremely talented and hardworking. If you have seen him training in the gym, you've probably noticed this already. He went 6 for 6, snatching 38 kilos and clean and jerking 46 kilos, going 5 for 6 (in the 49 kilo weight class)!
Luke totaled 84 kilos and took 9th place! Great job Luke!
Sunday morning, Joziah made some clutch lifts to secure his spot as national champion. He opened with a good lift at 106 kilos. He missed his second snatch at 110, but came back and made the third at 111 kilos. Joziah proved once again he knows how to step up and make big lifts when it matters the most. He opened his clean and jerks with 136, missing his second attempt at 140, but coming back once again for a good lift at 144 kilos.
Joziah totaled 255 kilos and took first in the snatch, clean and jerk, and first overall.
Josh wrapped up the weekend with an exciting session. The entire audience section for his platform was filled with family, friends, and teammates. This is a testament to the kind of athlete, teammate, and friend Josh is. No one will pass up the opportunity to get behind him. Josh started towards the end of his session where the competition was neck and neck. His first snatch at 116 was smooth and he followed it with 120 and then a PR of 124 kilos, going 3 for 3 and earning him GOLD in the snatch. This put Josh in a great position going into the clean and jerks. He opened at 136 kilos, then hitting 140 and finishing with an impressive 144 kilos. He totaled 268 and went 6 for 6.
Josh took gold in the snatch, silver in the clean and jerk and second over-all!
If you are available July 20th-21st, please sign up for a shift to volunteer at our summer meet. We have a FULL meet and it's going to be a fun weekend for everyone!
We will be needing bar loaders, people to help with weigh-ins, judging, and more. There is something for everyone to get involved.
Happy fourth of July, and as always, we are so grateful for you !
- SoCal Staff