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MacDill youngster setting world records, setting example

Posted 1/27/2012   Updated 1/27/2012 Email story   Print story


by Nick Stubbs
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

1/27/2012 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The prototypical male hero and role model is strong, confident and determined, articulate and smart. The one thing he usually isn't is 13 years old.

But while Evan Pittman, son of MacDill residents Navy Rear Adm. Hal and Rebecca Feaster-Pittman, may just qualify to be a teenager, he's more than qualified to be a role model to all.
A top student, holder of world power lifting titles, a springboard diver, track athlete, orchestra first violinist, and tai kwon do practitioner, Evan has accomplished more than most twice his age - perhaps more than some will accomplish in a lifetime.

Far from an imposing figure and just a bit more than 100 pounds, Evan is best known on the national power lifting scene. He holds multiple world records for his age and weight bracket, setting his first world record at age 10. He was featured last month in "Powerlifting USA" magazine, and was "Kid of the Month" in a recent edition of Sport Illustrated.

But despite it all, his feet are planted firmly on the ground, and while his goals are lofty, his head is anywhere but in the clouds. He's also gracious enough - and smart enough - to know he could not manage his activities without some help.

"I couldn't do it without my mother," he said during a break from his Sunday workout at the base gym. "Without her I couldn't do most of the stuff I do now."

She's "super organized," Evan noted, keeping him on track and ensuring he splits his time wisely between school, athletics, the arts and family. It's a job she does while her husband is deployed.

Feaster-Pittman gave back credit to her son, noting that his discipline and determination rival his physical strength, which his trainers at the gym, Victor Jones and Todd Shane, describe as extraordinary for someone his age, especially considering his relatively slight frame.

"They call him Clark Kent in tai kwon do class," said Feaster-Pittman. "He just doesn't look like he is as strong as he is."

The Clark Kent comparison is perhaps a good one, as Feaster-Pittman discovered her son's unusual strength when he was just a toddler, just as Superman's parents did the comic book story.

"When he was just walking I would get down and call him to me and he would run into me and knock me over," she recalled.

The best way Jones can describe Evan is simply that, "He's an athlete, and easy to work with; he drives himself so you don't have to push him."

And while Evan is strong, technique is another big factor in his lifting success, said Shane.

"His technique is very good," said Shane, who added that Evan is expected to do a 300-pound dead lift within the next couple of months. "He also attacks the weights and he pushes himself hard even when he's having an off week."

That combination will lead to bigger and better things in the world of power lifting for Evan, Shane predicted. In fact, considering all of Evan's attributes, "there isn't anything he can't accomplish," Shane opined.

Evan says he wants to keep power lifting as long as he's physically able, and likewise for his other pursuits. He believes with mom and dad's help, he can balance his life and activities, and "tow the line," while following his dreams.

"I think you have to practice (to get good at anything), but you also have to be driven," said Evan. "You have to keep driving yourself and you have to have ambition."

With no shortage of that quality, Evan is one to watch, and perhaps, despite of his 5-foot frame, someone to look up to.

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