Murphy Student is a Powerlifting State Champion
Murphy student, Hanna Beattie, is the 2018 Powerlifting State Champion. Beattie is 17 years old and is a junior at Wylie High School. She set a new state record when she lifted a total of 1,190 pounds (this beat the record by over 100 pounds) and broke state records in both squat and bench totals. She lifted 510 pounds in her squat, 285 pounds in bench and 395 in the deadlift. She competed in the 6A division and is in the 220-pound weight class.
Katie Hathaway is the WHS girls powerlifting coach. She has worked with this powerlifting team for four years. There were 44 members on the WHS powerlifting team, 15 of those girls qualified for state. The team came in second place at state, which is a marked improvement over their 18th place last year.
Beattie has gone to state each year since her freshman year. Last year, she earned third place. The day after the competition, Beattie and Hathaway began preparing to raise the bar from third place to state champion. They worked extra hours, reworked the deadlift, used new equipment and set higher goals. Within the year, she was lifting 190 additional pounds. Hathaway said, “Hanna always has a plan. She is very calculated and consistent every time. She is not nervous and is a wonderful mental athlete. She is all smiles and encourages the other girls. She is focused, but is not all about herself. She cares about the team.”
While attending a strength and conditioning training summer camp, when Beattie was in seventh grade, she said WHS Coach Wilkerson told her she would do well in powerlifting. She remembers training with her older sister and her friends that summer. She joined the WHS powerlifting team when she was a freshman. She said, “The team is great. They are so friendly and nice and give so much encouragement and positive energy.”
Describing the day of the state competition, she said the person who normally did her knee wraps was not there. She asked Coach Wilkerson to do this for her. After her lifts she went to tell Wilkerson thanks for helping her, she didn’t realize she had become state champion. He said, “Hanna, you’re state champion!” She said she walked away crying, she was so happy. He was the person who placed the medal around her neck.
Hathaway said when she realized that Hanna was state champion she was jumping up and down screaming and hugging her. “I have so much pride for her. I am honored to coach her.”
Beattie gives advice to young girls who wish to become powerlifters, “It’s a wonderful thing working with the team. It builds confidence. Believe in yourself.” She points out the importance of good nutrition, keep hydrated and stay within your weight class during training. Hathaway gives additional advice, “Focus on character. When it comes to hard work and discipline, do the best you can do. Hard work pays off. Don’t make excuses.”
Hanna’s parents are Steve and Adriana Beattie. Steve is a teacher at WHS. They said, “It makes all the hard workouts, the sore achy muscles, the long hours in the gym, and the year-round training all worth it! Hanna is an exceptional young lady with great passion, incredible dedication and intense ability to focus on her goals. We are very happy for Hanna and exceptionally proud of how Hanna competes with class and dignity. She has the utmost respect for those she competes against. We are blessed to have such a wonderful young lady for a daughter.”
Hathaway and Beattie have known each other since Beattie was a little girl. Beattie thanks her by saying, “Coach Hathaway is the best. One practice I doubted myself, she motivated me. She is like a second mother to me.”
The Beattie family has lived in Murphy for 11 years.