By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – Donna High Senior Gus Silva has been selected as the RedskinSports.us Player of the Week for the Week of March 6th through March 10th.
Silva had a weekend for the ages as he walked out of Weslaco East High School on Saturday as a State qualifier at the Region 5 Division 1 Boys Powerlifting Meet. Silva came in ninth place in the 242-pound weight class thanks to hitting a qualifying total of 1500.
Silva sat down with RedskinSports.us Sports Editor John Cannon for a question and answer session.
JC: Congratulations on being named the RedskinSports.us Player of the Week. I understand that in your first lift you didn’t fare so well in the Squat. What happened?
GS: I just had a lot of emotions and I am not sure really what happened. I didn’t get my 650 squat and ended up hitting a 630 squat.
JC: So going into the Dead Lift and the Bench, you needed to make up 20 pounds. How did you make it up?
GS: I ended up making up for it on the Bench. I hit a 360 and was surprised that I was able to hit that. I had never done that weight before but my coach told me I could do it. So I did what I had to do and was very happy to hit it.
JC: After you hit that total, did it give you motivation moving forward?
GS: Yes it gave me a ton of confidence.
JC: When you realized you hit a State qualifying total. What went through your mind?
GS: A lot of things were going through my head. I was so excited because I didn’t think I would make it.
JC: What is your goal going into State?
GS: I want to place and get a medal.
JC: Let’s get to know you on a personal level. Before a meet, what’s your daily routine?
GS: I put myself in a corner and listen to my music.
JC: What type of music gets you fired up?
GS: Rap music.
JC: Is there a group or song that gets you fired up?
GS: Doubt It from Kyle.
JC: What do you do in your spare time?
GS: I hang out with my family and watch TV with them.
JC: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
GS: I would like to coach Track and Field and help kids out like my coaches helped me.