ade Stanley is our latest featured athlete! Dade is a 16 year old weightlifter from Beaufort, South Carolina and is currently competing in the 77kg weight class.
When did you get started in this sport? What (or who) got you started?
I started weight training back in 2011 to better myself for football, but when I first saw people doing Olympic Weightlifting, I knew it was something I would enjoy. I came back to the gym at the start of 2012 and began my journey with Coach Ray.
What do you enjoy most about weightlifting?
I enjoy the travel and the competitiveness of the sport on the national and international level. Many sports you find people playing in the U.S. are only done here, weightlifting is not one of them.
What does your current training routine look like (hours per day, days per week, where you train, who you train with)?
I train for 2 hours per day, Monday through Friday at Crossfit Beaufort, I train with my fellow teammates and the occasional visitors that come to the gym.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that has been impactful?
Core work plays a very important role in my training, along with the extensive care that Coach Rays give me and all of my teammates.
What are your proudest weightlifting achievements?
Some achievements that I have earned over the years include: Winning the 13&U Best lifter award at the 2015 Youth National Championships, Breaking the Clean and Jerk and Total records in the 13&U 69kg weight class, and being a 2x Youth National Champion.
I hope to grow in this sport and achieve much more.
What is your diet like?
My diet consists of a high protein portion in each meal and eating frequently throughout the day, preferably every 2 hours. Although, I do pig out after meets.
Who do you look up to in the sport? Why?
I don’t look up to anyone in the weightlifting community. I strive to be my own person and do it on my own (no drugs allowed). One person I have a large amount of respect and love for is Coach Ray, for all he’s done for me.
What friendships has the sport brought your way?
This sport has brought many acquaintances and some close friendships, one being my fellow teammate, Braylin Young.
What qualities do great coaches possess?
I believe the one quality that a great coach possesses is care. Care for an athlete is crucial in maintaining their trust and well-being.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received was this, “If you love what you’re doing and who you are doing it with, you’ll be successful.” -Anonymous
I find this especially true in weightlifting and I keep it on my mind at all times.
What characteristics do you strive for (on and off the platform)?
I strive to keep good grades and great relationships with the people I love. This helps me to stay more focused on my success, it helps me to be a better person, and it also allows me to not stress when I’m on the platform because I know everything’s going to be alright, no matter what.
When you have random free time, how do you spend it?
When I have free time, I like to spend it with my friends, both gaming and at gatherings. I find it very important to maintain a good social life.
If you could master anything (besides weightlifting), what would it be?
I would love to master the ability to persevere through any obstacle, because that’s what life is filled with, obstacles.
What have you learned from weightlifting that helps you in other parts of your life?
I’ve learned to work through the hard times and to just maintain and stay dedicated in order to do greater things.
The last time you were knocked down (or discouraged) in this sport, how did you get back up?
The last time I was knocked down was when I injured my wrist in 2016 and I had to withdraw from the Youth Nationals. It took a lot in me to not give up on what I was doing after being discouraged but thankfully, I had the willpower to keep pushing through it and I was back and at it within three months.
Where does your strength come from?
My strength is from hard work and blessings. I realize that I have to keep working at it and improve all the time.
What are your weightlifting goals?
My big goal for weightlifting is to attend the Olympics one day. For now, I’ll keep improving. One kilo at a time.