Laurie Schoepe and Mike Beemer did the #WolfPack proud today by competing in the 2014 Polk Senior Games Weightlifting Meet held at Deb’s Gym in Lakeland, Fl.
Laurie competed in the 50-55 yr old women’s age division and the a 165lb weight class. The meet started with Bench Press. Laurie successfully complete all 3 lifts at 65lbs, 75lbs and 85lbs earning herself the gold medal for her Age/Weight class! Next up the deadlift. Laurie completed her first and second pulls but wasn’t able to pull the final 200lbs. Her 185lb Deadlift still landed her the Gold Medal for her Age/Weight class!
Mike “Beems” Beemer competed in the 50-54 age division and 198 lb weight class.
Mike won the Gold Medal in the Bench Press event with a 255lb press and earned a Silver Medal for his 350lb Deadlift.
The 2014 Polk Senior Games were held at Debs Gym in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday February 22, 2014.
This was a very exciting and smoothly run event. 30+ athletes were cycled thru Bench Press, Deadlifts and Medals awarded by 2:30 pm. It is obvious this wasn’t Debbie Callahan’s first rodeo. The event was judged by nationally ranked strongmen and powerlifters; Scott Lamb, Scott Weech and Ray Parker.
I was inspired by the spirit of the competitors ranging from 50 – 93 year old men and women lifting some legit weight!!
I loved Edith’s fiery spirit. She celebrated all her lifts and encouraged everyone to get their parents and grandparents involved in power lifting. I couldn’t help myself I went over for a little chat with her. I asked her how long she has been lifting. I was shocked by her response, “about a year” she says.
“This is a great ego booster, when you get to be 93 years old you need an ego boost.”
This gentleman is 73 year old AND blind! Talk about inspiring!
What I came to realize during this meet is that healthy active competition can help keep your body strong, mind sharp and spirit young.