Sandbox Weightlifting Team Brings Home Seven Medals

Sandbox Weightlifting Team competed in the Florida Sports Sunshine State Games and brought home seven medals, five were gold.

Sandbox Weightlifting Team

Sandbox Weightlifting Team

Front row: Joshua Crow, Kai Middlebrook, Cody Byrd, Emma Godfrey
Second row: Justin Murphy, Brandon Stewart, Stone Lakey
Third row: Coach Doug Lane
Members not pictured: Spencer Williams and Gavin Knight

Saturday, members of Sandbox Weightlifting Team competed in the Florida Sports Sunshine State Games Weightlifting event. The team brought home seven medals, five were gold. The event took place in Lakeland, Florida.

In total we had 12 competitors, older adults on our team, who also placed in the competition:

Dara Ching – 1st Place – Senior 69kg class
Ben Plotnicki – 1st Place – Masters 87kg weight class
Noah Thomson – 1st Competition – of his life.

Gavin Knight and Spencer are both nine years old and were competing in the under 17 year old and under 50kg weight division competition. They each weight about 36kg. Next month they will be in the 12 yr old and under competition and will have a much better chance at the Junior Olympics!

Most importantly, each one of our athletes set Personal Records (PR’s) at the competition… what a great and motivated group!!!

Friday, June 24, the team will travel to Flowery Branch, Georgia to compete in the USA Weightlifting School age Nationals and in July several members are qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics held in New Orleans.

The team is made up of young athletes from Fernandina and Yulee. The team will sponsor a car wash with BBQ at Kmart on Saturday, July 2nd, to raise funds to make the trip to New Orleans. Tickets can be purchased in advance from team members, at CLUB 14 FITNESS on the island and c2 Sandbox Athletics in Yulee.

Sandbox Weightlifting is an affiliate of Lift Florida, an organization that encourages and develops young lifters ages 12-19 by helping them receive athletic training, equipment and a facility to perform physical training with excellence. You can learn more at

1 Comment

  1. ameliadude

    Congratulations to all the kids, and to you Doug for being a great role model to these kids. I will stop by CLUB 14 and pick up a ticket for the car wash to help out soon!!

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