Vioty Milord did more than just win the 101-pound class at the FHSAA Class 2A, District 9 meet Jan. 11 at West Orange High. The Dr. Phillips senior also set a program record for her weight class with her combined lift of 205 pounds. The senior, who hopes to attend Florida A&M University, has been a part of the girls weightlifting team for two years.
What was your reaction when you found out you had set a school record for your weight class?
I was shocked, because I didn’t think that there was a record. That never came to my mind. But it was really cool, I was really proud of myself.
What made you decide to join the team two years ago?
All my friends were trying it and I figured “why not?” It looked fun, the exercises they were talking about seemed really tough and I just wanted to know if it was really that hard — so I tried it.
Once you had joined, how did the actuality of being on the team compare to what you had anticipated?
It was definitely harder than I thought. The first week of conditioning I was like “oh my gosh, do I really want to do this?” But the benefits were really nice — I liked what it was doing to my body. I made lots of new friends and the environment of the team was very uplifting.
Which lift is your favorite?
The clean-and-jerk. I like that one because I am stronger in my legs than in my arms and I just feel more power when doing the clean-and-jerk.
What is the best advice coach Moushaumi Robinson has given the team?
She gives us lots of motivational advice about just being a woman and being strong and comfortable in yourself. If you’re comfortable in yourself and have confidence in yourself, you can do anything that you set your mind to.
Which class or classes do you most enjoy at school?
Digital classes — digital design or graphic arts, anything like that. I’m a very creative person.
What do you think you would like to do for a career?
A psychiatrist or I might own my own business in the fashion industry.
How empowering has it been to be a part of the girls weightlifting team?
It’s definitely cool seeing all the other girls lifting big and being strong. … It’s actually something that needs more recognition.