In the 1970s, we felt we made real progress when Pompano Beach High School added girls cross country, basketball, and track teams. Before 1974 girls participated in swimming and tennis, and while I thought my visit to the principal’s office in the spring of 1974 resulted in these new sports, I realized later that something called Title IX provided the inspiration needed to add more girls’ sports to high school athletic programs.
Only a few years later volleyball and slow pitch softball were available as well. Twenty-five years later Meghan, Emily, and Sarah ran cross country and track and played soccer and fast-pitch softball. Girls could still play basketball and volleyball and swim, but there were bowling teams (I’d have loved that!), flag football teams, golf teams, competitive cheer teams, and a weightlifting team.
Several coaches suggested the girls might want to consider joining the weightlifting team as a way to build strength and improve their performance in other sports, and although they went to a couple of sessions, none of them stuck with it. I’m afraid they are too much like their mother. I can’t even lift the bar. How can you expect me to lift it with weights added?
Well, somehow, my nieces not only were persuaded to give weightlifting a try, they’ve excelled at it. Yesterday Hannah and Shanon both participated in the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships in Kissimmee. Shannon took the 5th place medal in her division lifting 270 pounds, and while Hannah’s 235 pound effort did not medal, it’s quite an accomplishment to qualify for the state competition. Congratulations on your success!