BATON ROUGE, LA (WVLA) — A local powerlifter is about to take the trip of a lifetime. He is headed to Africa to represent our country in a world powerlifting competition, but he's not there yet.
Meet Garrett Bailey, but he prefers to go by "Bottesy." He's a senior at LSU. In his free time, he does something that most people couldn't imagine doing. He powerlifts with no equipment. It's called raw lifting.
"I had a 540-pound squat, 369-pound bench press, and a 680-pound deadlift," Bottesy said.
Now, he is getting ready to compete on the world stage, all the way to South Africa.
"Originally, it was in Johannesburg, but now it's in Potchefstroom," Bottesy said.
This isn't Bottesy's first time competing on this level. He placed third in his weight-class last year in Russia, but now he is ready to bring home the gold this year.
""I want to win this time," Bottesy affirmed. "Really, what I hope to get is to get all my numbers up higher. I'd like to get 600 pounds for my squat, 400 pounds for bench, and I really want to go for the deadlift record. The deadlift record is about 785 pounds."
However, before that, he has to raise money to get there. In order to get to Russia last year, Bottesy had to raise thousands of dollars for his travel, hotel stay, food, and competition fees. This year, his trip will cost him roughly around $2,500, but he is deciding to fundraise a little differently this year.
"I'm selling some t-shirts," Bottesy said. "Right now, it's a 21-day campaign. The t-shirt is going to have a barbell on the front. It's a white t-shirt. It says 'Powerlifting World Champion' and on the back it says 'Louisiana Legend' at the top and it in the middle it has a little 'L.'"
Bottesy still has some time to reach his goal, the meet is scheduled for June 1st through the 8th.
If you'd like to support Bottesy by getting a t-shirt you can click the link below:
Or if you want to learn more about his other fundraising efforts you can go here: http://www.usapowerlifting.com/designated-beneficiary/