EDMOND — Nathan Kimball used to enviously watch his father and two older brothers lift weights nearly every day.
Too young to lift, Kimball was forced to wait until he was 13 years old. Since then, he hasn’t stopped lifting.
The Deer Creek senior recently won a gold trophy for best lifter in the Sub-Junior Division at the International Powerlifting Federation Classic World Powerlifting Championships in South Africa.
“Just putting in hard work and being consistent,” Kimball said about the meet, in which he also won silver and two bronze medals.
Kimball competes in three sports at Deer Creek — football, wrestling and track — but it’s powerlifting that is his passion.
“He’s done it literally his entire life, so that’s been his focus,” Deer Creek football coach Grant Gower said. “In the offseason, he does all of the (football) workouts but he also has the other powerlifting workouts as well. He’s really worked hard to develop himself.”
It started with the desire to defend himself against his brothers.
“They used to pound on me a lot, so I used to always want to be bigger and stronger than them so I wouldn’t get bullied,” Kimball said.
At 13 he started by doing pushups and pullups in his house. That Christmas, his father Lawrence bought him a weight set.
Kimball started training with his father in their garage before he started competing last year.
He immediately started having success, winning a gold medal in a nationals event in Orlando, Fla. He said he competes in an event every few months.
The IPF event earlier this month was a display of his improvement in just a short time.
Kimball won silver in the bench press, lifting 285 pounds. His bronze medals came in the squat (440 pounds) and deadlift (507 pounds) to finish second overall in the 165-pound weight class.
He is now preparing for the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals in Colorado next month, which is a qualifier for next year’s IPF Classic Worlds in Finland.
“That’ll be neat,” Kimball said. “I’ve never been there before.”