PARSIPPANY — Diana Yturbe is 13 years old and lives in Lake Hiawatha with her parents. She was awarded Gold medal in the USA Youth National Powerlifting competition on February 16, 2018 in Spokane, Washington.
She is currently an eighth grade student at All Saints Academy in Parsippany where she maintains straight A’s while juggling multiple extra curricular activities.
Diana will be attending Mount Saint Dominic Academy class of 2022 in the Fall where she will be taking Honors classes.
“To be honest with you, I got a little emotional, because she puts in so much hard work,” said her father, Michael Yturbe. “I still feel like I’m on Cloud 9. She gives me so much. It’s amazing.””To be honest with you, I got a little emotional, because she puts in so much hard work,” said her father, Michael Yturbe. “I still feel like I’m on Cloud 9. She gives me so much. It’s amazing.”
Diana plays club softball for NJ Pride 14U. She is the treasurer for the National Junior Honors Society; a Girl Scout; Alter Serves for her Church St Peter’s and plays other sports such as Basketball and Tennis.
She trains and works out religiously 4-5 days a week at Pinnacle Athletic Development in Parsippany and Whippany Athletic Club in Whippany.
Diana started powerlifting in September 2017 and participated in her very first powerlifting event The Philadelphia Love Classic in Pa. on December 16, 2017. She won Gold to qualify for the USA Youth Nationals Powerlifting in Spokane, Washington on February 16, 2018.
Diana went to Spokane with high hopes of achieving Gold…..mission accomplished.
She finished in first place in Youth 3 (12-13 year old) 63-KG weight.
There were over 30 Athletes from 14 states competing in the event.
Diana set 4 National Records and
5 New Jersey State Records:
Squatting 97.5 Kg 214.9 lbs National Record
Benching 55 Kg 121.3 lbs Personal Best
Deadlifting 137.5 Kg 303.1 lbs National Record
Total 290 Kg 639 lbs National Record
She’s competed against more than 30 athletes from 14 states, and not all of them were girls. She’s proved it doesn’t matter your age or gender, it’s your determination that gets you far.
“The competitiveness,” she cites. “Seeing other girls compete really drives me to do my best.”
Diana says one day she hopes to reach the Olympics.Click here for reuse options!
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