Athletes from all across the country are pushing their hardest to get ready for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.
The Hill Country Stars powerlifting team has been practicing for months now to get ready. The team members who made the cut won’t just represent Round Rock, they were chosen to represent the state of Texas.
One of the athletes is Heather Alderete. She will be heading to New Jersey in June to compete in powerlifting at the USA Games. Heather attended the last USA games in Omaha, where she tells me she won 3 gold medals. She also attended an international competition in Orlando where she came home with the silver. At last check she was deadlifting 235 pounds and 250 is the goal, but she's definitely worked for it. “It’s an opportunity. You’re representing yourself, plus you’re representing Texas and the team as well and that’s what pushes me to be the very best,” says Heather.
Heather became involved in Special Olympics when she was 6 years old and began powerlifting in high school. Mom, Barbara tells me competing has turned Heather into a more confident person. “She has become open and competitive… I am very proud of her and I’m very proud of her accomplishments,” says Barbara.
Heather is the only girl heading to the USA games from her team. She tells me she likes training with guys because it gets competitive and motivates her. Head coach, Gerry Beauchesne, says he loves to watch his athletes compete. “When they finish that lift, the first one they see is me, and to see them hit the goal, its unbelievable, its unbelievable.”
Heather says she's just glad she gets another shot at making everyone at home proud.
Fox 7 will continue to feature some of our local athletes before the games start on June 14th.