Local teen from Performance Initiatives lifts gold again at the 2022 USAW American Open finals

By Prep Sports Report Staff | December 4, 2022

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Performance Initiatives Champion (P.I.) Corey Robinson, a freshmen at Savannah High School (14-15/+89), lifts gold medals again. After winning three golds and breaking three records last weekend at the 2022 15U Pan American Championships in Guatemala City. Robinson did it again at the 2022 USA Wrestling American Open Finals in Atlanta, GA. 


Corey lifted a Personal Record (P.R.) in the snatch of 120kg (265 lbs) and Clean & Jerked with a 146kg (322 lbs) lift, which matches his P.R. total weight of 266kg (322 lbs). 

NOTE: Performance Initiatives is a not-for-profit 501 c3 organization founded in 2005 in Savannah, Georgia. The purpose of the organization is to educate and mentor youth and adults mentally, physically, and spiritually by using athletics and fitness, with Olympic-style weight lifting as the base. P.I. works hand in hand with Coastal Empire Weightlifting and CrossFit Savannah.


Positive character traits are nurtured in participants in the youth programs – aiming for those who have possibly never seen hope or encouragement in their life.


Who started Performance Initiatives? The founder and director, Kerri Goodrich, has been coaching since 2002 and has taken student-athletes to weightlifting competitions worldwide, including the Youth World Championships in Peru and Slovakia.


She was a member of the U.S. Women’s Weightlifting National team. She graduated from Leadership Savannah and has provided leadership training and seminars for many organizations, including the YMCA and the Frank Callen Girls and Boys Club.

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The "Coach" Karl DeMasi has been teaching and coaching for the past 35 years on all levels of academia and athletics. One of his hobbies has been writing, announcing and talking about sports. DeMasi has been involved in the Savannah Area sports scene since 1995, and he created the high school magazine "The Prep Sports Report" in 2000. In 2010, the "Coach" started broadcasting The Karl DeMasi Sports Report. He's still going strong, broadcasting on Facebook live and Twitter live every Saturday morning. You gotta love it!

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