Georgia Southern Female Weightlifter Wins Flanagan Scholarship

Kelly Breanne Dykes, a sophomore at Georgia Southern University, was the scholarship winner at the 2015 George Flanagan University Scholarship weightlifting meet held on October 24, 2015 at Performance Initiatives.
By: Performance Initiatives Fitness Savannah
Kelly Dykes Left with teammate Nikki Hanebrink Right.
Kelly Dykes Left with teammate Nikki Hanebrink Right.
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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Nov. 16, 2015 - PRLog -- SAVANNAH, GA - Kelly Breanne Dykes was the scholarship winner at the 2015 George Flanagan University Scholarship weightlifting meet held on October 24, 2015 at Performance Initiatives. Kelly is a native of Powder Springs Georgia, and she has been invited to advance to the American Open on December 5, 2015 in Nevada.

By winning the George Flanagan scholarship,  Kelly’s tuition for her next semester  at Georgia Southern University will be paid for.  Kelly used weight training as an outlet, where she experienced reduced academic stress, while having fun at the same time. Kelly trains at Pi Fitness in Savannah and Cross Fit Statesboro with Coach Kerri Goodrich.

Coastal Empire Weightlifters broke youth national records at this local meet, which qualifies winners for the American Open in Nevada in December.

Nia Walker, age 13, 58+kg division , snatched 63kg, clean and jerked 83kg (182.6lbs) (broke the youth national record for a 146kg total, first place and BEST FEMALE YOUTH LIFTER

Terry Roberson, Jr, (3-time national champion), lifted in the men’s 14-15 age group, 50kg division snatched 72kg/158.4lbs, clean and jerked 92kg/202.4lbs for a 164kg total –breaking the youth national records in both lifts and the total for first place and BEST MALE JUNIOR LIFTER

Kelly Breanne Dykes lifted in the women’s Junior 69kg division snatching 73kg, clean and jerking 87kg, totaling 160kg for fir t place and BEST FEMALE JUNIOR LIFTER  and George Flanagan Scholarship Award Winner.

Kye Bryant, 13U, 35kg snatched 32kg, CJ 40kg, totaled 72kg, 1st place, BEST MALE YOUTH LIFTER

Coastal Empire Weightlifters results:

Adrianna Hanebrink, Junior, 69kg female snatched 67kg, CJ 85kg, totaled 152kg , 2nd place

Janiah Jones, 14-15yrs, 69kg  snatched 52kg, CJ 65kg, totaled 117kg, 1st place

Na’Erykah Goodwin, 14-15, 69+, snatched 62kg, CJ 77kg, totaled 139kg, 1st place

Kaiya Bryant, 13U, 35kg, snatched 24kg, CJ 35kg, totaled 59kg, 1st place

Tacara Frazier, 13U, 58+, snatched 55kg, CJ 65kg, totaled 120kg, 2nd place

Mark Miller, 16-17, 62kg, snatched 64kg, CJ 88kg, total 152kg, 1st place

Zachary Lamson, 16-17, 77kg, snatched 72kg, CJ 95kg, totaled 167kg, 1st place

Carlos Millen, 14-15, 56kg, snatched 65kg, CJ 90kg, totaled 155kg, 1st place

Devon Jenkins, 14-15, 56kg, snatched 50kg, CJ 70kg, totaled 120kg, 2nd place

Nico Giandalia, 14-15, 69kg, snatched 43kg, CJ 50kg, totaled 93kg, 1st place

Tayon Vareen, 14-15, 77kg, snatched 73kg, CJ 98kg, totaled 171kg, 1st place

Jalieol Hodges, 13U, 35kg, snatched 15kg, CJ 28kg, totaled 43kg, 2nd place

Stacy Jones, 13U, 39kg, snatched 30kg, CJ 42kg, totaled 72kg, 1st place

Ahmad Minor, 11U, 39kg, snatched 15kg, CJ 23kg, totaled 38kg, 1st place

Keontay Price, 13U, 62kg. snatched 32kg, CJ 45kg, totaled 77kg, 1st place

Performance Initiatives established the George Flanagan Scholarship in honor of George Flanagan, to provide tuition funds for college students currently enrolled in a university. Funds are awarded to young athletes who win a USA weightlifting competition in their age category.

George Flanagan had a passion for helping youth who needed a helping hand to reach their potential.  Through his spirit of giving and sharing, he was able to touch the lives of many in the Savannah area, including youth at Performance Initiatives, who he called "his kids and his family". George started a group of men called the "joy boys" and their mission was to spread JOY wherever they went. This JOY will continue for years to come, thanks to his philanthropy.  George lived two hours short of 98, and died in 2015.

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