LIFTING WITH THE ADULTS

NORTHPORT, Ala. —  Some of the best powerlifters in the area will be at Northport Civic Center on Saturday for the 2nd annual APA Raw War. That highly skilled group of competitors includes Landen Westbrook at 11-years-old.

“I picked it up one day, and [my father] said I needed to get into it because I’m strong,” Landen said, “and I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know.’ Then he told me that if I did a competition, I got a medal, and I was like, ‘Oh, let’s do it.’”

Her father, Jason Westbrook is a former powerlifter himself.

“I was like, ‘If you do a competition, you’ll set some records, you know?’ She was like, ‘Really? When can we do a competition?’” Jason said.

It didn’t take long to start doing competitions, and it didn’t take long to start winning medals and breaking records and turning heads.

“I was like, ‘Oh, that’s cool. I should keep on doing that,’” Landen said, “and it’s fun, and people are like, ‘Whoa, that’s so cool.’”

It’s cool to Landen, but it’s special for Dad.

“A lot of times she comes off the platform, and she’ll run and just give me a hug,” Jason said. “I accomplished it, I did it, and so it’s just a proud dad moment.”

Proud to be the dad of a kid with a little extra power, plenty of strength and a very specific set of goals.

“I want all the records,” Landen said. “All of them.”

Soon Landen won’t just be referring to youth records.

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