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Rachel Stone (11) celebrating her accomplishment in the Max Deadlift Event at "World's Strongman Competition" at the end of October 2016

Starting as the star center – midfielder, Rachel Stone (11) had to walk off the soccer field due to too many concussions. Although finding another competitive sport wouldn’t be a challenge for her, stepping off the soccer field was one of the hardest things for Stone.

Stone’s fascination for weightlifting started during her involvement in soccer with daily workouts offered in the weight room after school. “I felt like it helped me a lot. I became stronger in the sport and it helped me become more confident too,” Stone says.  Since she was so focused on soccer at the time, the thought never crossed her mind about this being a serious sport to make an impact on her life in the near future.

After receiving her last concussion, Stone decided to call it a quits. She was already training with her coach, “Quint”, who had been competing in Strongman competitions. When he trained with Stone, he could see her persistance and dedication. Stone was soon hooked.

Continuing down the path of her Strongman career, Stone realized it was hard to keep up a social life outside of school while preparing for competition. “It’s kind of hard to balance my school work with lifting because I usually don’t get into the gym until late at night. So I guess you could say that my social life is so-so, I mean when people ask me to hang out I’m used to saying “sorry I can’t, I’m going to the gym. And that has pretty much been my life since June until now because I’ve been focusing on worlds and I didn’t want any distractions.” She may have not had a social life for a few months, but her outstanding efforts and determination would soon pay off as she competed in the “World’s Strongman Competition” at the end of October.

Stone was the youngest ever to qualify and compete at World’s. Stone was happy to say that her max overhead press is at 145lbs, and her max deadlift is 300lbs. Stone looked forward to the great competition that she is had as she competed. She remains thankful for her family and her trainer for the constant support they give her before, during, and after every competition. She was confident and ready for this accomplishment that she worked so hard for.

I hold the title of being the youngest person to qualify and compete at the World’s Championship and that’s what I’m so proud of.”

— Rachel Stone (11)

The day that she worked so hard for finally came at the end of October. Stone headed down to Kentucky to finally compete at the World’s Strongman Competition. There was a total of five events. Max Deadlift,which is you have a total of three chances to get your attempts total. Stone went three for three finishing with a 310 pound deadlift.  Viking Press, you have a total of 60 seconds to complete as many reps as you can but can’t double dip, Stone had to lift 140 pounds in her class. Two Keg Carries, carrying a 125 pound keg and walk 60 feet and back, then pick up another keg that is 140 pounds and finish all under 60 seconds. Farmer Walks, where she had to carry 150 pounds in each hand and walk 60 feet. Stone completed this in 9.85 seconds. Stone and her family are proud to announce that she placed 6th overall out of 12 competitors. “I wasn’t expecting a top three finish since I was competing against the top three strongest girls in the nation. However, I hold the title of being the youngest person to qualify and compete at the World’s Championship and that’s what I’m so proud of.”

As the training continues and more competitions lay ahead, Stone can’t wait for the future she has ahead of her. Her opponents are going to have a lot to compete with as she gets stronger, no pebble can break a Stone.

 

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