Barr Brings Home Gold!

by Lynne Lamson

Mauston High School senior and gold medal winner, Lexxie Barr, received a homecoming befitting the world champion powerlifter. Barr returned from the North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) Pan-American regional championships in Orlando, FL on Sunday afternoon, July 9. She competed in three events and the cumulative totals of her scores put Barr on top for the gold medal, according to Mauston powerlifting head coach, John Winker.

“Determined” is how Coach Winker describes Barr, adding that she leads by example. While wearing the gold medal around her neck and holding her first place trophy, Barr is looking forward to the next season and how she can encourage her teammates. When questioned about the best part of the championship competition, she stated, “It was a great learning experience. I learned a lot that can help my team and that I can share with the younger lifters.” “I am continuously overwhelmed by what she does,” said Barr’s dad and assistant coach, Kris Barr, who accompanied her to Orlando. “It kind of chokes you up when you hear your daughter’s name and the national anthem.” Barr has struggled throughout her three years of powerlifting with making weight. With a bright smile, she gave Coach Winker the okay to reveal his nickname for her, Chubby 148. “She always tells us not worry, she’ll make weight, and she always does,” explained Coach Winker. “She is a hard worker.”

The next season will be Barr’s last as a Mauston High School student, but she can continue competing since powerlifting is considered a club sport instead of a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) sanctioned sport. “I think the oldest lady competing was 78 years old,” she noted of the NAPF championship.

The community will have the opportunity to support local powerlifters next year when the 2018 Wisconsin State Powerlifting Championship is held at Mauston High School. The 2018 NAPF Pan-American regional championships will also be held in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin, according to Mauston assistant coach Jerome Leak.

Barr and her dad were welcomed Sunday by about two dozen supporters, friends, family members, and coaches. They climbed aboard a Mauston Fire Department truck and were escorted through the community to the high school by a Mauston Police Department squad car. Well-wishers held signs and waved as the procession passed.