Lifting to new heights: Bassan and Battige head to World Sub-Junior Championships

ADAMS, Wis (WSAW) -- “I want to be remembered that I would be a world champion, and that I got this far, and that I worked hard for it,” said Angelina Battige.

Sam Bassan and Angelina Battige are continuing an Adams-Friendship tradition.

“I think a little bit of it is just having the right kids come along at the right time. We have had seven years of international lifters now,” said, Bassan and Battige's coach, Brian Sheckels.

Bassan and Battige are heading to Potchefsroom, South Africa to compete in the International Powerlifting Federation World Sub-Junior Championships. They both made it through state and nationals to reach the pinnacle of their sport for the first time.

“I didn’t think I was going to get this far but then once I found out I got the team, I was so excited,” said Battige.

“I’ve been doing it for three and a half, four years, so just to finally to reach that high of a level was amazing for me,” said Bassan.

Nearly 55 pounds, that’s how much one of these plates weigh. In order to be competitive in the world, Angelina Battige will have to squat about six of these. Her partner Sam Bassan will have to double that.

“I’m registered right now to go in as a 93 kilo lifter, and I’m ranked first, so I’d like to hold that position and just leave everything I have on the table,” said Bassan.

“Doing the best and gonna win and try to win, so that’s my goal,” said Battige.

It won’t just be handed to either of them. Bassan is only 17.5 pounds ahead of 2nd and 3rd place in his weight class. Battige sits 20 pounds behind the top lifter in her class. No matter what happens at Worlds, both athletes can look back on where they started and remember the process is just beginning.

“One day, I was watching TV, and my dad was working out, and he asked if anyone wanted to workout, and I raised my hand, and I went into the back with him and started working out, and that’s how I got all started,” said Battige.

“When I started, I was 125, 130 pounds so packing on weight now. I weigh around 185 now, so it’s one thing after another I fell in love with it as soon I started,” said Bassan.