While many students were having a restful Spring Break, Destiny Leandro was breaking personal records at the UIL State Powerlifting Meet. She brought home a fourth-place medal after lifting a total of 860 lbs., setting new personal records in Squat, lifting 350 pounds., and Bench, lifting 160 pounds.
When the medal was placed around her neck, Destiny said she felt accomplished and relieved after working so hard. “To finally see results, meant the world to me,” she said
Destiny’s coach, Wendy Salazar, witnessed all of that hard work and realized by the second powerlifting meet that Destiny could be heading to regionals with the chance to put up some big numbers. And, Coach Salazar was correct. Destiny placed first in 5A Division 2, sending her to the State Meet.
Not only was Destiny working hard during the season, but she was also listening to her coaches to improve her outcomes. “She is very coachable. Athletes like her make the coaching part of the sport easy and fun. A strong mental and physical game is needed, and Destiny balanced it perfectly,” said Salazar.
According to Destiny, the motivation provided by her coaches and her family helped her achieve her goals. She said, “Having people believe in me made it ten times easier just to do my thing’.
The great news is that Destiny is only a junior. She will be back next year hoping to improve on her state performance. Coach Salazar is excited to see how far she will go next year, saying that Destiny “hasn’t even touched her actual potential”.
Destiny is looking toward the future in more than just powerlifting. She is ranked 14th in her class and has a 3.9 GPA. Destiny plans to attend college and pursue a career in nursing or physical therapy.
We have our eye on you, Destiny!