William Horlick High School junior Dakota Irek has the chance of a lifetime to represent the U.S. and compete in the powerlifting championships in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, later this month, but she needs to raise the money to get there.

Irek set up a gofundme.com page to help raise the $1,500 she needs to attend the competition, an honor not usually reserved for high school athletes.

“For those of you who are not familiar with powerlifting, it’s a pretty big deal for a high schooler to be invited to lift in this meet. I will be representing Wisconsin and the United States,” she wrote.

The competition is Aug. 18, so time is of the essence. Irek put up the page last month and has only raised $345.

“I compete on August 18th, and I need to raise as much money as possible, as soon as possible so I can buy a plane ticket and book my hotel rooms,” Irek’s post reads. “Any help will be greatly appreciated!”

Horlick teacher and coach Steve Zahn has been chosen to coach the U.S. team and will accompany Irek to St. Croix.

On her fundraising page, Irek thanks Zahn and the rest of the Horlick powerlifting team.

“(Zahn) is a big part of the reason of why I got invited to this meet. He has stuck by me for my first 3 years of high school, and it has paid off,” she said. “I also have Morgan Graham, Pete Nees, Joe Miller, and many other coaches of Horlick’s Powerlifting team to thank for my success. If it weren’t for any of these people, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

 

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