by Don Holmes, HilltopNewspaper.com
Weightlifting started as a sport at Canyon Lake High School at the end of football season last year. Now the Hawks’ first athlete competes in a region meet this weekend.
Junior Josh Almond will represent Canyon Lake with a chance of going to state with a top-four finish.
“It was a last-second decision after football,” Almond said. “I would have done it anyways, but I was told I volunteered. But you don’t want to lose your stamina.”
This sport helps bridge the gap between football and track season when in the past these athletes would be working out but without the competition aspect and the fun that goes with getting better.
Almond is in the 220-242-pound classification and will be going up against 11 other weightlifters as the top 4 will have an invitation to compete at State.
“I was seeded as the #3 person after two other lifters scratched,” Almond said surprisingly. “I don’t know why they did that.”