Heather Alderete says she loves how lifting more and more weight makes her feel. And this athlete just wants to make Central Texas proud.
Working your way up in weight for power lifting takes a lot of time and effort, but rep after rep Alderete knows she's that much closer to her goal.
Alderete works out with the Hill Country Stars and she's the only girl on the team.
"It gets me motivated and I really look forward to training with boys and girls because its equal opportunity," Alderete said.
She will be heading to New Jersey in June to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA games. Alderete attended the last USA games in Omaha, as well as an International competition in Orlando where she came home with a silver medal, but this was all not just handed to her.
"Heather's been involved in Special Olympics since she was in the 6th grade, and when she was in high school, she decided to try it," said Barbara Alderete, Heather’s mother.
Barbara says competing has turned Heather into a more confident person.
"She has become open and competitive," Barbara Alderete said. "I am very proud of her and I’m very proud of her accomplishments."
Her family will be in New Jersey cheering her on from the stands, but her coaches hope to get the best view.
“When they finish that lift, the first one they see is me, and to see them hit the goal, it’s unbelievable, it’s unbelievable,” said Gerry Beauchesne, Alderete’s coach.
Alderete is just glad she gets another shot at making everyone at home proud.
"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," she said.