Over the past 18 months (I had my daughter 22 months ago) I had been lifting in first the 57kg, then the 52kg weightclass. I had a total good enough to get me to Russia but there were a few of us that could be chosen. On the Easter weekend I found out that I had made the team!!!! Wooooo Hooooo!
I was excited but I had no idea of how life changing this experience would be! I don't think I actually believed I was going until I stepped out of the airplane onto Russian soil. What would follow would be a great adventure filled with world class lifting, new friendships, train rides from hell, records being broken, a little vodka (hehe) and a lot of very loud Aussies cheering each other (and our friends) on.
Being in the 52kg class I lifted early in the week which left the rest of the time to soak it in. It is an awesome thing to wake up everyday, go eat breakfast with your team, go watch world class lifting all day, then meet other people with the same obsession for lifting heavy weight as you. The Lobby was the place to be after all the lifting and many new friendships were forged! Good times :)
Our Juniors did extremely well with Cameron Mackenzie breaking a World Record in deadlifts (327.5kg at 120kg weightclass Junior) silver in squats and silver overall. John Cauchi also won silver in his weightclass, silver in squat and gold in deadlift. Rae Lyons won bronze in deadlift. The Australians definitely were the loudest cheersquad!
Ana Filiminova benchpressing 105kg (you read that right 105kg benchpress) and squatting 132.5kg at 50.7kg bodyweight and as a subjunior!
Kimberly Walford pulling a 221kg deadlift for the World Record at 62.25kg bodyweight!
Brad Gillingham pulling 375kg deadlift for the World Record at 147kg!
I started out lifting in my garage gym 4 months after having Abigail. I just wanted to get strong again after having a baby. My coach Pete told me to give competing a try, 18 months later I was in Russia!
It is amazing what you can do if you just have a go!
Getting to Worlds has motivated me to see how far I can take this Powerlifting thing. I read, watch and constantly annoy my clients and friends talking about it. Luckily I've found new friends that also like to talk about lifting and I have my blog to write all the things I learn :)
I will do everything I can to get back to Worlds and next time I might get that medal!
Work hard and lift heavy everyone!!!