Montverde Academy student-athlete Colby Helms set several records at the American Powerlifting Federation (APF) National Championships over the weekend.
The rising sophomore set eight national records for APF across several groups: classic raw, 13-15 age group, 123-pound weight class and 123-pound open division. Helms’ deadlift was 256 pounds, and his total lift between bench, squat and deadlift was 496 pounds.
This outstanding performance qualified Helms for the World Powerlifting Federation World Championships, which will take place in Lombard, Illinois this October.
“Colby is the most avid competitor in the weightlifting program,” said Steven Cerenzio, Montverde Academy Head Powerlifting Coach. “He’s a great kid and this is a great achievement for him.”
Helms has been competing as a powerlifter in one way or another since sixth grade. His age and size, as well as his competitive drive, make him uniquely competitive in the field.
“Despite everything going on in the world, he stayed focused and he committed to his goals and it paid off,” said Cerenzio. “He’s always putting in the hard work. He worked with a different coach last year, with completely different methodologies than mine, yet he has never questioned anything I’ve asked him to do. He’s adjusted incredibly well, never skipping a beat.”
Outside of his athletic achievements, Helms has contributed as a role model and leader for the Montverde Academy powerlifting program. Helms is a member of the Headmasters Leadership institute (HLI) where he participates in the Distinguished Scholars Program with a maintained 4.0 GPA.
“Colby’s been a good role model for the other kids,” said Cerenzio. “He’s one of the younger guys in the group, but you can tell that he’s been there the longest. I can lean on him to be an example for other people coming into the program.”