This was the first visit to Washington for Shukin. I met him 2 years ago at the "Yokota Strongman Challenge" when I convniced him to fly from Hokkaido to compete while I was there for the "Friendship Festival"
I worked at the Front Desk at his gym, then eventually got certified as a Fitness Trainer.
He showed me what it is to be a leader for the Youth in our community.
He is one of the greatest drug-free Powerlifters to come out of Washington state.
Willie Austin has put so much time into helping the youth realize that Fitness is important, instead of drugs or gang-banging.
A former UW football player, he is a ROCK for our kids in the Seattle metro area.
Willie still holds the USAPL state record in the 220 lbs weight class with a squat of 777 lbs. He is also inducted into the Washington USAPL "Hall of Fame".
All of the teens he trains for his Powerlifting team are EXCITED for the Seattle Animals to finally come and lift with them!
Please join us if you can and lets make a positive impact for these kids. Alot of them saw me and Ben Seath battle it out a few weeks ago, so those memories are still fresh in their minds. I can't wait!