CKM powers up weightlifting program for young competitors
Student Ricardo Ramirez becomes school's first champion

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Ramirez with coaches Bowling and Ahn

Efforts to build a competitive weightlifting program at C.K. McClatchy High School paid off last month when student Ricardo Ramirez won first place at the Whitney High School Open Championship in Rocklin.

Teacher Paul Bowling, a former national weightlifting champion who now coaches at the club level, starting laying the groundwork for a program last year with the help of colleague Roscoe Ahn and Athletic Director Rob Feickert.

Through grants and funding from the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association and Associated Student Body, they purchased the equipment necessary to begin an after-school weightlifting club. Between 15 and 20 kids are training with the club.

“The goal of the club this school year has been to train students and get some to compete in local USA Weightlifting meets and one day get someone qualified to compete in youth national championship and league championships,” says Bowling.

In their first foray, they decided to enter Ramirez, a registered USA Weightlifting member, in the Whitney High tournament.

“We picked this meet because it is close to Sacramento and other high school lifters would be competing at this competition,” says Bowling. 

“This has been truly a community and school wide effort,” he says. “It is great to be a part of a supportive team and community that make students’ dreams attainable”