Savannah Braud, a senior weightlifter from Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida received her award for being named Sports Illustrated’s High School Athlete of the Month for March.
Braud was presented with the award during a ceremony at her high school Wednesday morning by Sports Illustrated managing editor Chris Stone, Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold, the sister of New York Jets center Nick Mangold, and NFL free agent center Lemuel Jeanpierre, who is a Timber Creek High School graduate.
Braud says that her success comes from simple confidence in her abilities.
“I’m not the best but I work hard and I do see results—and that’s made me feel like I’m the best for myself,” Braud says. “You have to be strong to lift the weight but you also have to mentally know you can. Because if you walk up to that bar and you don’t think you can, then you’re not.”
Braud benched 145 pounds and lifted 160 pounds in the clean-and-jerk during the Florida state weightlifting tournament in February. She tied for 10th place in her 129-pound weight class and also placed 10th at a tournament in Oklahoma City.
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SI High School Athlete of the Month