Jul 10, 2015 8:38 PM by Ross Field
A 16-year-old Durham girl is a national weightlifting champ. She trains at least ten hours a week with hopes of one day representing the USA in the Olympics. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.
Megan Seegert is breaking all the stereotypes and defying convention. This 4-foot-10 female weightlifter is one of the best in the nation.
"It makes me feel motivated and proud," said Seegert.
On the last weekend of June, Seegert put on quite a show at the Youth Nationals in Minnesota, setting American youth and junior records in the snatch and clean and jerk.
"That's what my goal was and I got it, so that was really exciting," said Seegert.
"She's not one to get overly excited when she competes, but when she got that it was just smiles all over," said Veronica Carpenter, Megan's trainer and coach.
Seegert snatched 145.5 pounds and pulled 185 pounds in the clean and jerk. Very impressive when you consider she only weighs about 100 pounds.
"I was a gymnast before so picking up technique was really easy for me and that helped me a lot," said Seegert.
"I think part of it is genetics, she's just naturally gifted. She moves well and she has athleticism," said Carpenter.
Megan is only 16-years-old and she started weightlifting just two years ago.
"I just wanted to do something different," said Seegert.
And now she's hooked, training at least two hours a day five days a week at Oroville CrossFit.
"I really love it and I'm really glad that I got into it," said Seegert.
Up next for the weightlifting record holder is a trip to Texas in August for the Senior Nationals. Then it's off to Mexico in September for the Youth Pan Am Weightlifting Championships.
Her long-term goal is to represent the USA in the 2020 Olympic Games and that seems like an attainable goal for this motivated young athlete.
"I definitely want to keep doing it, and I definitely want to keep breaking my own records and training as hard as I can and set them really high, and keep striving to keep breaking them again and again," said Seegert.
"Megan snatches a lot of weight and that's something for me to work up to," said Mikaela Seegert, Megan's sister.
"I am proud of her because she caught on quickly and I have to say her quitting gymnastics was probably a good idea," said Christopher Seegert, Megan's brother.
"I do look up to Megan, she's a very talented and inspiring person. She pushes through a lot of stuff and is determined," said Sofia Poblano, Megan's friend.
"I'm really proud of where she's going and I'm looking forward to how far she can go, maybe the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo," said Carpenter.