Just in time for the holidays!!! A beautiful story of a weightlifter who shouldn't be able to lift and a mother whose love for her daughter can fill all the stockings this Christmas. Watch the video, hug your family and then go lift.
Back in October I received this email from her Allie's mother, Patti.
Hi!! I love your photos and we actually met at my first (and only so far!) oly meet at Intrepid Strength & Conditioning earlier this year. My daughter lifts and is doing her first competition on 10/22; exactly a year after being in the hospital with transverse myelitis, a rare virus that attacked her spinal cord and could have left her unable to walk let alone lift again. She has worked so hard to get strong and she has come so far! I would love for people to know her story; she's my hero and my heart.
Despite my strange sense of humor and my inability to stop cursing like a sailor, I cry easily and watch countless hours of animal videos. So needless to say Patti caught got my attention and I really wanted to do a great job for Allie. Please watch the video. *Also, I apologize for the muffled audio. It's something I'm still working on.
Allie's story is just another great example of why everyone should be picking up a barbell. And next time you feel too tired to train or you feel unmotivated, shut up...
As time goes on with Everyday Lifters, I am learning more and more about the people I have photographed. I've grown attached to some of the gyms, coaches and athletes. Not sure how often a photographer is greeted with warm hugs at competitions. ha! I feel very lucky to be continuing on this path and not sure what the next turn on this road will take me.
But looking forward to more of this... (see below)
Thank you Allie for sharing your story and hope this will motivate others to overcome whatever struggles they are facing. Continue your hard work and hope I get to photograph you again, but at Junior Nationals.
All the best to you guys over at Intrepid Strength and Conditioning.
-Viv from Everyday Lifters