Ak-Chin power lifter is empowering others in the tribal community

Nikolai White was nominated by powerlifting teammate Fred Salas for AZ Family's Something Good...
Nikolai White was nominated by powerlifting teammate Fred Salas for AZ Family's Something Good segment.(Arizona's Family)
Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 8:10 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A local powerlifter who is part of the Ak-Chin community is empowering others, especially those in his tribal community.

Nikolai White was nominated for our segment by fellow champion powerlifter Fred Salas. Salas said White has encouraged a lot of young men in the Ak-Chin community to branch out and try new things like rodeos and weightlifting competitions to give them a sense of self-purpose. “We are all proud of Nick and his team,” Salas wrote. “They’re other state champs here in the community, but he’s our first world champ, and I feel he deserves the recognition for being an inspiration to other young men throughout the Ak-Chin community.” White began entering rodeos at 16 and has competed in the world’s oldest rodeo in Prescott and other events in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Salas and White’s powerlifting team built a gym behind White’s home. Salas said that White and the rest of the team entered their very first competition of 2022 and became world champions--each in their own weight division. White has set records in the World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters as well.