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Weightlifter still improving

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 02:46 AM

Renee LeDoux has been a surprise to Hudson High girls weightlifting coach David Broughton.

She's also a gift that keeps on giving.

"(Assistant football) Coach (Keith) Newton had her in a weightlifting class," Broughton said of LeDoux. "He called me and said I have to come and look at her. (After that) I knew she had to be on the team. She is freakishly strong. I looked at her build and saw what she could lift and knew she had to be on this team.

"I see someone with the potential to win possibly two state titles."

LeDoux opened eyes at the 2012 State Girls Weightlifting Meet in Kissimmee. In her first year of lifting, she took fifth in the 119-pound class. She had a 135-pound bench press and a 120-pound clean and jerk. She returns with senior teammate Baily Foster, who earned a fourth-place medal.

One of the interesting things about LeDoux is she has several beauty pageant titles and has acted in several films in her native Massachusetts.

"Girls don't usually want to join the weightlifting team,'' Broughton said. "They see the singlet (uniform) and don't want to wear that. It doesn't seem like a feminine thing for them. I had to talk her into it and then she medaled as a freshman."

Broughton also said LeDoux is one of three lifters who could medal at this year's state meet. Besides Foster and LeDoux, there is senior Brittney Wilkinson. The Cobras also have a chance to win the Sunshine Athletic Conference over area-powerhouse River Ridge. The Royal Knights sent eight girls to state.

LeDoux, 15, didn't plan on winning titles when she joined the team.

"I was very surprised (to take fifth)," she said. "I guess it is in my genes. My father, Raymond LeDoux, is a professional bodybuilder. … It always feels good to max out. The football players high-five me all the time. That's the best part."

LeDoux, who, has a 4.1 GPA, said she is grateful of having Broughton as her coach.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for (Broughton)," she said. "He wants the very best not only for me but each of us on the team."

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