Arnold weightlifting coach helping an Altha lifter get his due this year

Arnold WL coach Josh Flaig at 2019 State Meet
Arnold WL coach Josh Flaig at 2019 State Meet(WJHG)
Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 8:38 PM CDT
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The Boy's State Weightlifting meet that was scheduled for Arnold High School in April was certainly one of the bigger athletic events in our area lost because of the shutdown of spring sports by the FHSAA in March.

Marlins weightlifting coach Josh Flaig, A.D. Rick Green and everybody at that school put so much into hosting the event, and they've proven they can continually host the kind of state meet that everyone can be proud of.

I spoke with Josh recently and he told me his heart was broken when this was canceled. so many of his lifters were expected to compete for medals. And the coach says his empathy extends well beyond his Arnold family.

He told me about this conversation he had with Altha senior Jackson Goins, who you see here at last year's meet. Josh says Goins was expected to really put on a show at the 2020 state meet!

"(Goins) Was gonna break probably every state record in the 129 pound class this year." Josh said. "Probably the best pound for pound male weight lifter Florida's seen since they started posting state weightlifting championships. We were talking the other day and he was really mature and he kind of talked himself into it he said Coach weightlifting has taught me a whole lot about setting goals and being accountable to yourself. He says I hate not getting to have that in the record books, but he said it has taught me so much and I have grown and found so many relationships that it's going to help me be successful in everything else he wants to do."

State records can only be recorded at the State Meet. Coach Flaig telling me Friday he's petitioning the FHSAA to recognize the two state records Goins set for the 129 class at a regular season meet at Arnold in February, 300 on the bench and a 575 total. We'll let you

know how that goes in the future.

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