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Phillips weightlifter heading to World Championships

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Drew Beil is looking to fulfill her dream in Poland.  In two and a half weeks the 16-year-old from Phillips will be competing in powerlifting for the sub-junior World Championships.
"My parents always knew I was a strong little sucker," said Drew Beil.  "We own a restaurant in Phillips, and I'd be the little 60 pound girl who carries the 50 pound box of potatoes up the steps."
Sub-juniors are for 14-18 year olds, and Beil will be in the 125 pound weight class.  
At the world championships she is looking to bench 235 pounds, squat 340 pounds and deadlift 315 pounds.  
If she completes that, she may come home as the world's best.
"No matter where I end up, I'm going to be proud of myself," Beil said. "Just because I got to go out and I got to compete in such an amazing sport."
You might wonder how a 16-year-old gets into power lifting.  Phillips High School has a powerhouse lifting program, and Drew was inspired by Alexa Schillinger, the school's first world champion, and the coaches' daughter.
"She came back, and the whole school shuffled out into the front lawn of the high school," Beil said.  "It was a big thing, and everybody cheered for her.  And I thought it was pretty neat."
She started lifting with the Loggers team in the eighth grade. Her coach Jeff Schillinger knew he had somebody with a future.  Just like he did with his own daughter.
"I pretty much knew she was going to be pretty special," said coach Jeff Schillinger.  "She still hasn't reached her full potential yet.  She's still only 16.  So she still has two years left to be able to lift on that team."
Until the world championships on August 29, Drew will continue to hit the weight room as early as 6:30 a.m., chasing her dream.

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