The invitation came from Tim Anderson, the United States’ head coach of the World Bench Team.
The invite was based on Pelitire’s performance at the National Powerlifting meet during the summer. He earned top honors at that meet and excelled in the bench press. The World Bench meet will be held in Rodby, Denmark, May 18-24.
It’s a 5,000-mile trip and 18 hours of flying. The family and the Beeville Powerlifting Team will hold fundraisers and ask for sponsors to help with expenses. Tristan’s mother, Lisa Pelitire, will accompany her son, as will coach Marcel Garcia and Adam Aleman. If you wish to help sponsor the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Pelitire, you can contact Lisa at 361-318-2510, or to make a donation contact IBC Bank where there is an account already set up under the Beeville Powerlifting Team for contributions.
Pelitire will compete in the 74 Kilo class (about 163 pounds), and he has his heart set on breaking the world record.
“I am going to do it,” said the Trojan football player and powerlifting state champion.
He broke the state record of 370 pounds with a lift of 375 pounds but has done more than 400 pounds in practice. The world record for his weight class is 414 pounds.
“He amazes me. He’s naturally strong, but the best thing about Tristan is he works hard, and he thrives in competition,” said coach Marcelo Garcia.
“We push him past his goals.”
Tristan can’t start training for the world meet until football season ends. He has the world record in his sights, but he wants to do what no other 16-18 competitor at his weight class has probably never even thought of accomplishing.
“I want 500 pounds, and I’ll get it,” Pelitire said.
That’s lifting more than three times his own body weight off his chest. The meet will have competitors from all over the world, and they will be the best of the best from each country competing.
“He’ll get plenty of competition from guys from Russia and Germany. But, I don’t think I’d bet against Tristan,” Garcia said.
“He’s already done more than the record in training, and once he gets back to training for the high school powerlifting meets after football, we’ll start him off around the state record and progress from there.”
Tristan will be accompanied by Beeville powerlifting teammate Adam Aleman, who will help wrap Pelitire’s knees for the competition. The two work together well, and Aleman was the friend that got Tristan started in powerlifting just a couple of years ago.
“We really want to bring the record back to the states and to Beeville. We want to put Beeville on the map in powerlifting around the world,” said coach Garcia.